China's Sex Theme Park Ends Prematurely

Resort deemed too vulgar by officials

By Greg Wilson
|  Tuesday, May 19, 2009  |  Updated 11:33 AM CDT
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China's Sex Theme Park Ends Prematurely

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Visitors try to get a glimpse of "Love Land," billed as China's first-ever sex theme park, in southwest China's Chongqing municipality. The park was torn down before it could open.

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China's sex theme park has been put to bed early.

The park, which sought to boost the sex life and education of visitors, was torn down amid controversy that its explicit exhibits were too graphic. Due to open in Chongqing in October, Love Land was to have included giant statures of genitalia, naked bodies and an exhibit on the history of sex.

But the plans left local government officials red-faced. The owners were "interested only in profiting from sensationalism," one official told the China Daily. Officials called the park "vulgar, ill-minded and misleading," the paper reported.

"Sex is a taboo subject in China, but people really need to have more access to information about it," the park's manager, Lu Xiaoqing told  the paper before the park was demolished.

Among the attractions that had been planned was a giant rotating statue of the lower part of a nearly naked  woman.

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