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Tuesday, May 27, 2014, 10:40
Hanging to dry, indoors or outdoors?
By chinadaily.com.cn

Drying for freedom, a documentary by Steven Lake, explores a debate whether to dry clothes outdoors or indoors. Residents in some countries are banned from hanging up clotheslines in open spaces. In other countries, however, the drive to cut carbon emissions makes it urgent to phase out electronic dryers and pass laws granting citizens the right to dry clothes naturally.

In China, residents are legally allowed to air out their quilts and clothes outdoors. Still, there is also some debate regarding appropriate places for drying, such as near a road or windows facing the street.

What follows is a photo collection that shows how residents dry their clothes in China. Comments are welcome.

Hanging to dry, indoors or outdoors?

Villagers use bamboo poles to air out clothes in front of their homes in Gutian village, Liancheng city, East China’s Fujian province, on Feb 15, 2014. (Photo / IC)

Hanging to dry, indoors or outdoors?

Clothes are hung up alongside ears of corn in front of homes in Zuoshui county, Northwest China’s Shaanxi province, on Oct 4, 2010. (Photo / IC) 

Hanging to dry, indoors or outdoors?

Bamboo poles serve to air out clothes in Xiamen, East China’s Fujian province, on Nov 25, 2009. (Photo / IC) 

Hanging to dry, indoors or outdoors?

Villagers hang up their clothes on a bamboo pole in Songyang, East China’s Zhejiang province, May 10, 2014. (Photo / IC)

Hanging to dry, indoors or outdoors?

Rope is used as a makeshift clothesline below an eave in Luzhi, East China’s Jiangsu province, on Sept 8, 2012. (Photo / IC)

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