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Naked Pictures in Tibet Cause Online Controvery

Naked pictures of a Chinese woman by a Tibetan lakeside have stirred widespread debates on Weibo, where many people think that the woman’s act of getting naked on camera is “disrespectful to Tibetan culture.”

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Naked pictures of a Chinese woman by a Tibetan lakeside have stirred widespread debates on Weibo, where many people think that the woman’s act of getting naked on camera is “disrespectful to Tibetan culture.”

According to China Tibetan News, pictures of a Chinese woman getting naked by the Yamdrok Lake in Tibet went viral on Chinese social media on April 11, causing widespread discussions amongst Chinese netizens.

The pictures were originally posted by a user named YouchumDolkar, who commented: “Awesome photographer and model, but this shows they haven’t got an ounce of civilization in them, nor morality.”

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YouchumDolkar posted a screenshot from WeChat, from the account of a photographer named Yu Feixiong, who also has a Weibo account where he regularly posts his work of pictures in taken in Tibet.

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1Both photographs by Yu Feixiong, who also took the controversial naked pictures.

Yamdrok Lake is one of Tibet’s biggest sacred lakes, and it is not the first time that it has become the focus of public debate. In 2012, netizens protested when it was announced that there would be sightseeing tours around the area, Sina reports.

Although many people have commented on the pictures thinking they are disrespectful of Tibetan culture, there are also those who oppose this view: “Some people look at a woman’s body and immediately think about sex,” one netizen responds.

“Isn’t this perfectly normal in foreign countries?” one person responds: “I think the attackers are just uncivilized themselves.”

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There are also Weibo users who think that the woman should not have posted a screenshot of WeChat in the first place: “You don’t put the content of your friends groups online, that’s really low.”

– By Manya Koetse

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Manya Koetse is the editor-in-chief of www.whatsonweibo.com. She is a writer and consultant (Sinologist, MPhil) on social trends in China, with a focus on social media and digital developments, Sino-Japanese relations and gender issues. Contact at manya@whatsonweibo.com, or follow on Twitter.

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  1. chinaman

    April 14, 2016 at 9:38 am

    I think the Chinese women is try for fun ,what so offend about?

  2. Joe_in_hk

    April 18, 2016 at 12:48 pm

    FYI Manya, your “follow on twitter link” leads to here: https://www.whatsonweibo.com/naked-pictures-tibet-causes-online-controvery/www.twitter.com/manyapan

    When I think it should probably just lead to the twitter page http://www.twitter.com/manyapan.

    Hope I was helpful, if not I apologise.

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Pet Hotels are Booming Business in Beijing

Chinese pet lovers are willing to pay up to 900 RMB (±136$) per night to give their pet a comfortable stay at one of Beijing’s ‘pet hotels’ (宠物酒店).

Qing Yan

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The success of luxurious pet lodging in Beijing has become especially apparent over the past October holiday. Chinese animal lovers are willing to pay up to 900 RMB (±136$) per night to give their pet the time of their lives while they are out of town.

For loving pet owners, before heading out on a holiday, finding a trustworthy pet lodge is often just as important as finding a comfortable hotel for themselves. And nowadays, both should be booked as early as possible during a holiday season.

In Beijing, the booming business of pet lodging was especially noticeable during the Golden Week holiday. Various Chinese media reported that pet hotels in Beijing have become so popular that they were already fully booked a month before the holiday started.

This is also what Zhang Wen, a local pet lodge owner, told Beijing Youth Daily (@北京青年报). He and his colleagues are specialized in tending to every possible need of Beijing’s household pets while their families are taking a holiday.

Some pet hotels now charge as high as 900 RMB (±136$) per day to lodge a pet. The pet lodging business is quickly expanding across Beijing. Some local residents now also improvise lodging facilities in their private homes, asking approximately 30-50 RMB (±5-8$) per day.

With a growing demand for comfortable lodges for family pets, Beijing’s ‘pet hotels’ are increasingly competitive. Some offer private rooms for dogs and assign a member of staff for every pet to look after its diet, sanitation, cleaning, and exercise.

Some pet hotels are even equipped with sporting, beauty, bathing, and water purification facilities, resembling a five-star hotel. Non-traditional pets such as spiders and lizards are also welcome, as long as their owners clarify their routines in advance.

Criticism on luxurious pet hotels

On Weibo, the topic “Luxurious Pet Hotel Charges 900 RMB Per Day” (#豪华宠物酒店900一天#) received some 15 million views this October.

The news, which was first reported by Beijing Youth Daily, stirred discussions on social media. Although many people find the pet hotels cute or funny, there are also many who comment that this kind of extravagance for pets painfully points out the rich-poor divide in China.

“Dogs are living a better life than us humans now,” some said: “I can’t even stay at a hotel that is this expensive.”

One netizen sarcastically commented: “If you can’t afford housing in Beijing, just go and become a pet to someone here.”

Some even find the boom in luxurious pet hotels a worrying trend, saying “this will intensify the social conflicts.”

Besides the extravagant pet spoiling, there are also other reasons why netizens criticize the spread of fancy pet lodging. On social media, questions over epidemic issues are also surfacing.

Some companies that were interviewed by Chinese media failed to show any credentials for providing lodging services and had no in-house veterinary to offer health examinations for the pets taken in; China currently does not have a specific national legal framework nor corresponding regulatory measures for qualified pet lodgings.

By Qing Yan

Edited by Manya Koetse.
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China Local News

China’s ‘Wedding of the Year’ Is the Talk of the Day on Weibo

This rich second generation “fu’erdai” couple just celebrated China’s wedding of the year in Wenzhou.

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Although many still think of Angelababy and Huang Xiaoming when talking about ‘China’s biggest wedding’, this fu’erdai couple have just celebrated a wedding that is even more extravagant.

See our latest Weivlog on this Wenzhou wedding of the year, which became one of top trending topics on Weibo on October 11, here:

By Manya Koetse

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