The zone, marked with a sign reading: “Respectfully reserved for women,” is situated outside the World Metropolis (Dashijiedaduhui) centre in Dalian in north-east China’s Liaoning province.
It features ten parking spaces which are painted pink and around 30 centimetres wider than normal.
It is the latest in a string of women-only zones to have emerged in car parks across China, where the middle class is bulging and more people have the income necessary to buy and drive vehicles.
But the spaces have provoked outrage on social media – with many accusing the shopping centre of sexism and cliched thinking.
“This is supposed to respect women, but actually it’s an insult,” said an unnamed woman…
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Not sure how to categorize this. China is a totally separate case of its own.