The rowdy scene at the Guangzhou National Sex Culture Festival was a graphic illustration of how sexual taboos are loosening in the once deeply conservative country – and the opportunities for those able to exploit it.
China is estimated to make more than 80 percent of the world’s sex toys, with 1 million people employed in the industry, but an increasing proportion of the products are staying in the country to feed domestic demand.
An adventurous generation of young, mainly urban Chinese is pushing back the frontiers of what is accepted. These youth are adopting attitudes far removed from the puritan days of radical Communist rule their parents lived under.
Pornographic videos are banned in China, but softer varieties and the wider sex product industry are booming.
More than 2,000 sex shops have been set up in each of Beijing and Shanghai since laws were relaxed in 1993, according to state-run media, and the market for sex toys is growing at 63 percent a year.
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