“Many female tourists felt too awkward to approach the beach.”
Just months after a police crackdown on China’s top nudist destination, naturists ‘flout’ government rules which outlaw skinny dipping and naked sunbathing
Dozens of naked bathers bared all on Dadonghai beach, a 1.4-mile stretch of sand known as China’s premier nudist destination, over the recent holiday weekend.
“The illicit display of buttocks brought a swift government response.”
“Photographs published on Chinese websites showed large groups of naked men smoking cigarettes and reclining on towels on the beach.”
Men “in various states of undress” had been spotted on the seafront, according to a report in the Shanghai Daily newspaper – “some naked, some with their underpants half stripped down”.
“Normal people wouldn’t do such things.”
— Luo Baoming, Sanya’s Communist Party chief
Police banned nudists from Dadonghai beach in Sanya in February following complaints from residents of Hainan, an island in the South China Sea that tourist chiefs promote as “China’s Hawaii”. Read the rest of this entry »
Nude Beach-goers Respond to Clothing-Optional Ban
When Hurricane Sandy hit New York a couple years ago, it took down some of Fire Island’s dunes that once provided privacy for sunbathers in the buff on Lighthouse Beach. Accordingly, park officials announced a ban on the clothing-optional niche, reported the New York Post.
“Just because we’re naked doesn’t mean we’re lewd.”
— Marianna Grace, a woman at the forefront of the coalition
But nudists, or naturists as many like to be identified, won’t be hopping back into their bikini bottoms and swim trunks so fast. Some impassioned naked beach-goers have formed an initiative called Save Lighthouse Beach to push back against the ban. Last Saturday, hundreds of nude bathers joined them and hit the sand in solidarity. In addition to fighting for their right to shed their clothes on the Fire Island shore, many hope to remove the stigma associated with public nudity. Read the rest of this entry »