Speaking of the East, we were pleasantly surprised when — on May 15, 2009 — the official China Daily reported China’s first sex theme park was to open in October in the entertainment zone near the Yangtze River in aptly named Chongking.9 And you thought Six Flags was exciting!
Love Land’s official aim was to help promote sex education, and was to have featured naked human sculptures, giant replicas of genitals, a photo exhibition about sex history, plus sex technique workshops — all designed to help adults “enjoy a harmonious sex life.”
Park manager and main investor Lu Xiaoqing was quoted as saying, “Sex is a taboo subject in China, but people really need to have more access to information about it." The park was also designed to promote anti-AIDS measures and the proper use of condoms. Lu said the idea of building Love Land came to him during a visit to South Korea's sex park on the island of Jeju.
Among other oddities, visitors to Jeju Loveland are greeted by the park’s two mascots: Bulkkeuni, a phallus wearing what appear to be yellow mittens; and Ssaekkeuni, a vagina sporting a floppy hat and bow!10
"We hope our Love Land can also become a landmark in Chonqing when it finishes," added Lu.
Illuminated sculpture at Jeju Love Land in South Korea.
Well, as it turns out, it was too much information that doomed the Chinese venture in Chongking.
When news of the sex theme park hit the Internet, Love Land was unceremoniously closed and demolished within a week. A government spokesperson named Yang, in southwestern China, declined to say why.11
While pornography is banned in China, and sex ed virtually nonexistent, sex toys are readily available and prominently displayed in many neighborhoods throughout the country, while sex outside marriage is generally accepted . . . at least for men.
While pornography is illegal in China, the sale of sex toys is not . . . and they are often sold in plain sight.
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Shifting demographics will undoubtedly stimulate even greater changes in China. According to a study conducted by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, some 24 million Chinese men of marrying age will find themselves lacking wives in 2020, in part because of the country’s one-child policy, which has led to the wholesale termination of female fetuses since the ’80s. This gender imbalance means the next decade will see an explosion in intergenerational marriages, with young men married to women much older than them.13
Egg roll anyone?
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