More than one year ago Chinahush published a translation of article which graded 10 Chinese cities with the most beautiful girls. For each city there was a photograph of some well-known Chinese woman who comes from it.
But how can any city prove its right to be featured in such list? Picture of one girl is surely not enough ;-)
Thus, I decided to revisit the original list and use the image morphing technique in order to make the girls’ composite portraits for every mentioned city. This is the same technique used by the Korean plastic surgeon who created the composite beautiful faces of females belonging to different races.
Before you see the results, let me describe how the pictures themselves were done. In ChineseLoveLinks (the dating site from which I always collect statistical information) I searched for profiles of Chinese girls in the age group 25-35.
From the search results, I chose the pictures that fit requirements for image morphing: face forward, neutral expression, no glasses, no hat, mouth closed etc. Due to the last requirement (closed mouth) the composite faces are not very smiley.
However, I wasn’t strict regarding similar styles of haircuts. For this reason you can see those weird shadows. The morphing itself was made online using the MoprhThing site.
OK. Time to see the pictures. The order of cities is the same as in the original list of Netease – from first to the tenth place.
1. Dalian girl
2. Chongqing girl
3. Chengdu girl
4. Suzhou girl
5. Changsha girl
6. Nanjing girl
7. Shanghai girl
8. Beijing girl
9. Hong Kong girl
10. Guangzhou girl
As you can see yourself, the composite pictures are quite similar to each other. It’s not surprising, however. After all, any technique, which merges and combines between many individual entities, in the end leaves the common and eliminates the individual.
But in order not to leave you disappointed, I want to share some statistics which I gathered while browsing through ChineseLoveLinks. On that dating site, every member has profile with many descriptive fields. One of them is “appearance”. It is filled by the member himself/herself. So, I was rather curious to see if there is any significant difference in how girls from the mentioned cities rate themselves.
Below you see the table of results. It includes single Chinese girls in the age group 28-34 (so-called “leftover girls”, or as Teacher-in-China called them – “leftover cows” – since in our forum he mistakenly wrote “sheng niu” instead of “sheng nv”).
Few things are worth to mention here. Since this evaluation is made by girls themselves – more than indicator of beauty it is indicator of modesty. According to it, the most modest girls live in Suzhou (only 9.0% of them think that they are “very attractive”) while in Changsha almost every fourth girl thinks that she is beautiful (23.4%).
Also, it’s interesting to note that Chinese girls don’t like to be described as “average”. Somewhat more comfortable with this description feel only girls from Hong Kong (37.5% of them feel that their appearance is average).
Well… I think that neither image morphing nor statistics provide enough arguments to decide which Chinese city is the home to most beautiful girls. However, I hope that you enjoyed this post (if you did – click on “retweet” or “share” button in the sidebar ;-) )
Chongqing girl, Crystal Tao