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Taobao's best wet weather gear

Weird and wonderful accessories that’ll keep you dry and lookin’ fly

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Given how exceptionally dry our fair city is, the arrival of the odd rainy day naturally leads us to question just who is responsible; Mother Nature or Mother Seed-a-cloud? As summertime arrives, we must also reluctantly welcome in Beijing’s rainy season, and with around 75 percent of the capital’s annual rainfall likely to tumble down over the next three months, precautions need to be taken. Here’s our guide to Taobao’s weird and wonderful rain accessories that’ll keep you dry and lookin’ fly during the impending dampness.

High heel protector


A little torrential downpour shouldn’t mean you need to compromise on fashion, nor lose two inches of height, so keep your high heels dry and tower above the puddles with these zippable plastic covers. 14.5RMB

Face Mask


Take more caution against a few drops of water than most Beijing welders take against the fiery sparks of industry with this element-busting plastic face mask. It’s perfect for a windy, rain-drenched scooter commute, and a tinted UV-protecting model is also available for when the storm clouds pass. 13.90RMB

Two-person scooter poncho


With the aid of this innovative plastic poncho, passenger and pilot alike can share in the wonder of dryness, and maybe even re-enact E.T.’s flying finale. From 29.90RMB

Umbrella hat


Need to stay dry but can’t bear to peel your hands away from your smartphone for even 5 minutes? Never fear, the hands-free, double-tiered umbrella is here! Your personal parasol is the convenient canopy you’ve been waiting for, and its adjustable chin strap means that even the most tempestuous of storms won’t hold you back. From 25RMB

UFO rain cover


An alien relative of the umbrella hat, this Unidentified Fashionable Object will not only keep the raindrops off you, but also dramatically increase your circumference, putting more distance between you and personal space invaders. A fun umbrella alternative for kids and adults alike. 26.48RMB

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