A shopping mall in Wuhan, capital of central China's Hubei Province, has offered more than 50 parking spaces specially designed for female drivers, Wuhai Daily reports.
The female-only spaces are about 3 meters wide and 7.5 meters long, which is much larger than the regular spaces, said Gui Hailing, manager of the Administrative Department of the shopping center.
"The parking spaces for women are quite close to the entrance of the supermarket in the mall, which is very convenient for them to take goods to their homes after shopping."
The special parking lot is very popular among female drivers even though it is not the peak hour for shopping, stated a staff member of the mall.
Only a few shopping malls have provided such parking spaces for women in the city.
Some businessmen said the initial motivation for setting up a female-only parking lot was good. However, it lacks effective management. As a result, some female drivers have more difficulties parking their cars and others may even have quarrels with male drivers for parking spaces.
Other businessmen commented that the precondition for setting up the women-only parking space is that the shopping mall should have big enough parking lot and adequate parking spaces or it is hard to ensure women's rights and interests.
In addition, many businessmen also claimed it will become a trend for enhancing customers' experiences in shopping in the future.
In fact, female-only parking lots have constantly appeared in other cities in the county and have received widespread praise. For example, a shopping center in Shijiazhuang, the capital of north China's Hebei Province, set up 43 parking spaces in over 1,600 square meters, which are one third larger than the typical spaces.
Meanwhile, north China's Tianjin Municipality has offered multiple parking spaces for women, each of them painted pink, which has attracted a large number of local women to go shopping.
Aside from China, many foreign countries also have designated special parking spaces for women, such as Triberg, a small town in Germany and Seoul, capital of Republic of Korea.
(Source: Wuhan Daily/Translated and edited by Women of China)
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