A NATURIST swimming resort to be open Saturday has ignited heated discussion in China where public nudity is still taboo.
The resort in Lin’an County of the eastern Zhejiang province was the second attempt by local people to have a naturist tourist site. The first nude pool in Lin’an opened five years ago but was closed two weeks later under fierce public criticism.
Although men and women will use separate, screened pools, the concept of social nudity is alien to Chinese culture and the development has come under attack.
Encouragingly, an internet survey indicated that a majority of respondents supported the resort. It’s a start, but they will need to translate their support into actual visits, and hard cash, if the resort is to flourish.
Previous naturist enterprises have withered and died under the disapproving gaze of the Chinese authorities. We wish this one the very best of luck. It’ll be needed!