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Nudist beach crackdown – cover up or be re-educated

February 14, 2014 Destination Global, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59The island may be tropical and on the same latitude as Hawaii, but that doesn’t mean tourists can take all their clothes off and run around naked.

That’s the message from police and authorities, who have had more than enough of middle-aged men lounging and splashing around in the nude on local beaches near the Chinese resort city of Sanya on Hainan island. This photo, circulating on Chinese blogs, is titled

Authorities have “stepped up their efforts to crack down on nude sunbathing and swimming on the public beaches”, the South China Morning Post has reported.

Offenders may face “education through detention” – generally interpreted as jail.

The communist party chief of Hainan province condemned nude sunbathing as “un-Chinese, anti-traditional and uncivilised” after banning it on one of the province’s beaches last week.

“No normal person would swim or sunbathe naked in public,” Luo Baoming told the second meeting of the Hainan People’s Congress.

“This kind of behaviour is not consistent with China’s cultural traditions.”

Most of the offenders are middle-aged men, apparently. Offenders can be detained for between five and 10 days, depending on the severity of the offence, Xinhua reported. Local police are patrolling the beaches round-the-clock: you never can tell when nudists may strike, even in the early hours.

Police are using loudspeakers to broadcast the cover-up message and employing  surveillance cameras to record any infractions. The flash of cameras at night may signal a police presence.

Luo said nudism corrupted public morals and Chinese culture. The province forbade such “uncivilised” behaviour. Defiant nudists who shrug off police patrols and ignore loudspeakers and cameras will receive “education through detention”, Hainan authorities told Xinhua.

Middle-aged men tend to believe the sun’s rays heal skin diseases such as psoriasis, Darren Wee of the South China Morning Post reports.

Xinhua’s inquiries uncovered a man named Wang, who denied that naked men at the beach were there to expose themselves. They went only to treat their skin diseases through sunbathing, Wang said, though he conceded some might relish skinny-dipping to “enjoy the feeling of returning back to nature”.

Written by : Peter Needham

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