China's nude bathhouse reopens despite outcry

Developers of the bathing house, which was reopened on Saturday in the Yuping mountainous scenic spot, said that they only “wished to allow tourists the pleasure of intimate contact with nature”, Xinhua reported.

We have “no intentions of challenging public opinion of nude bathing,” Li Jun, the general manager of the Yuping scenic spot, was quoted as saying by the China Daily.
The nude bathhouse was first established in 2002, but authorities soon shut it down alleging “disrespect for spiritual civilisation”, Li said. Public outcry cost Shen Shuzhe, Li’s predecessor, her job.

While some sections of people have supported the idea of the nude bathhouse, saying it was a matter of people’s personal choice, many lashed out at the opening and described the concept as a “visual pollution”. Li Jun, however, said it was the “same deluge of public criticism” seven years ago that brought the shutters down on the bathhouse the first time.

“Social opinions on the concept have changed a great deal, for the better, in China in seven years,” said Li. “I don’t think people will be opposed to the idea,” he said and called it as “a form of art”. The bathhouse has separate divisions for men and women, and is well guarded with security personnel to ensure the safety of visitors.

China doesn’t have any particular laws prohibiting people from taking nude bath, but the concept remains a taboo in mainstream Chinese culture.

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