China’s love hotel boom shows nation’s changing attitudes to sex
Hundreds of short-stay rooms are opening as entrepreneurs see opportunities with shift in sexual mores
China has witnessed not just an economic revolution but a sexual one, too, since the deeply conservative days of Chairman Mao came to an end with his death in 1976.
A Peking University study released this week showed Chinese were getting married later, losing their virginity earlier and having more affairs than in previous decades.
In 1989 just 15% of Chinese had engaged in sex before marriage, according to state media. Today more than 70% have.
China has also become the world’s largest sex toy producer, with one visionary entrepreneur building a multi-million dollar dildo empire since Beijing’s first sex shop opened in the 1990s.
Zheng Li, the hotel’s 50-year-old head of room service, said she would be untroubled if she caught her 25-year-old son sneaking into a room with a lover.
“I would be happy that they had chosen this kind of romance,” she said with a grin. “Society is changing. People are increasingly able to accept such things.”
But hey, on the bright side: now that the Chinese are having more pre-marital sex, if the West is any indication, their birthrate is sure to go down. 😉