No erotic Disneyland for the Chinese
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China's first ever sex theme park was demolished on Monday, before it had even been opened. Deemed "evil" by officials, the giant genital sculptures that were hoped to bring sexual enlightenment to the Chinese public, are now lying in ruins. Censored blogger Muzi Mei explains why they didn't need it anyway. Read more...
Image posted on ChinaRen.com.
China's first ever sex theme park was demolished on Monday, before it had even been opened. Deemed "evil" by officials, the giant genital sculptures that were intended to bring sexual enlightenment to the Chinese public, are now lying in ruins.
"Love Land" was planned to open to the public in October this year. But as the unusual sculptures were erected over the Chongqing horizon, locals became increasingly disturbed by what they might be faced with. Photographs of the park posted online at the weekend led to worldwide publicity and widespread debate. On Monday, the local authorities decided to tear the park down, bulldozers at the ready.
Korea's idea of a sex park
These images were posted on Flickr by people who visited a sex theme park on the island of Cheju, South Korea.
Posted on Flickr by "Cooolo_creat".
Before it was demolished
The rotating entrance piece being constructed. Posted on ChinaRen.com.
One of the park attractions.
"We didn’t need this park to learn about sex"
Muzi Mei is a Chinese blogger renowned for her open stance on sex. Her blog was censored by the Chinese authorities in 2003.
Sex is still a taboo subject in China; there's absolutely no sex education whatsoever and families don't talk about sex openly, although close friends do. I wouldn't say there's any difference between men and women in this sense, it's more an age thing.
I don't think this park would have helped with sexual understanding, it would have just got people talking. I doubt many people would have gone and those that did would have just for curiosity's sake rather than to learn something. This isn't the first time we've ever had something like this in China; I remember in Guangdong they already had events with this kind of exhibitions. We didn't need this park to learn about sex.
What I wonder is why foreigners always think that Chinese people are different from other nationalities. Just because Chinese people don't like to talk about this subject as openly as foreigners do doesn't mean we don't know about it. Different people have different ways of handling things; it doesn't mean we know nothing about sex."
The main entrance
The video was originally posted on video sharing site Tudou.com.