The controversial parking spaces at the Jiande and Tonglu service stations in the Zhejiang province are reportedly 3.2 metres wide —or one-and-a-half times the size of "normal" parking spaces.
They join a growing number of extra-large designated women parking spots being unveiled around the country, from shopping malls in Chongqing in south-west China to Hebei in the north.
these female designated parking spaces have sparked controversy, particularly on social media, slamming the idea as sexist.
However, there’s more to these special new parking spaces than just the extra room. "The women's parking spaces are closer to the exits and monitoring systems, which is more convenient for female drivers to take a break or go shopping in the main building, and much safer, especially at night," said Fang Hongying, the female manager of the Jiande highway service area in a statement to Chinese state media outlet Xinhua.
In fact, in a survey on Chinese social media site Weibo, 63.7 percent of 1,700 respondents thought that designating female-only parking spots was a good idea. Apparently, the majority of Chinese social media users either believe there’s a real safety benefit or they question the parking skills of women.