Before arriving in China, I heard a rumor that the Chinese like to put whitening chemicals in their lotions and other skin products. I wasn’t sure what to think about it and assumed that it may have been true in the past or only in rare circumstances today. I felt pretty confident that if I were to ask a Chinese person about it, he/she wouldn’t even know what I was talking about. Turns out, it’s very try. I saw many many many skin and beauty products, especially for women, that advertized their whitening or lightening effects. Here is photographic evidence: