China’s first sex theme park sparks controvery
Usually, the English language China Daily newspaper makes pretty boring reading.
But this morning, I nearly choked on my buttered toast when I read a story in this paper about the first Chinese sex theme park.
Love Land is due to open in Chongqing in South-West China in October.
It will feature giant replicas of genitals, sculptures of naked humans, a photo exhibit about the history of sex and sex technique workshops.
Not bad for a country, where sex is still something that you don’t talk about in public.
So it’s no wonder that this project has sparked a heated debate in China.
Is Love Land vulgar or educational?
China Daily quotes Liu Daiwei, a policewoman from Chongqing, who says that she’ll feel uncomfortable to look at “these things…when other people are around.”
The paper also cites an unidentified netizen as saying “these vulgar sex installments will only make people sick.”
The manager of the sex theme park, Lu Xiaoqing, says was prepared for Love Land to generate controversy.
According to the China Daily Lu says that he’s building the sex theme park for the good of the public.
“Sex is a taboo subject in China, but people really need to have more access to information,” the China Daily quotes him as saying.
“I have found that the majority of people support my idea but I have to pay attention and not make the park look to vulgar and nasty,” Lu says.
“We hope our Love Land can also become a landmark in Chonqing when it finishes,” Lu goes on.
I wonder what Chairman Mao would say to all this…
UPDATE: On Monday, May 19, 2009, the China Daily reported on its front page: “Sex-theme park closed prematurely … With its adult and explicit themes, the country’s first sex theme park proved to be ‘too hot’ for local authorities, and was torn down over the weekend … ‘Vulgar, ill-minded and misleading’ was the official reaction on the park, which was slated for an October opening.”