BEIJING — Sex in China has a long and varied history, as evidenced by accounts of carnal excess in "The Plum in the Golden Vase," a Ming-era classic, and more recent tales of Mao's insatiable appetite.
But an attempt to open the first sex theme park in China was quashed by local officials over the weekend, well before construction was completed.
Officials in the sprawling city of Chongqing, where Love Land was being built, recently became incensed over the risque nature of the park and ordered its destruction, according to a report published Sunday in the Chongqing Evening News, a state-run newspaper. Angry Internet postings about the park had been proliferating, and China Daily, the official English-language newspaper, published an article about the park Friday.
Photographs on the Internet showed workers Saturday pulling down a pair of white plastic legs and hips that appear to be the bottom half of a giant female mannequin towering over the park entrance. The mannequin is wearing a red G-string.
The park manager, Lu Xiaoqing, had planned to display naked human sculptures, giant models of genitals, sex technique "workshops" and a photography exhibition about the history of sex, according to China Daily. The displays would have included lessons on safe sex and the proper use of condoms.
Lu told China Daily that the park was being built "for the good of the public." Love Land would be useful for sex education,
He added: "Sex is a taboo subject in China, but people really need to have more access to information about it."
Officials could not be reached for comment Monday.