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Monday, September 26, 2005

Chinese Pride Scene

Here is an interesting tidbit regarding the publicatin of the first guide to gay and lesbian China - The Utopia Guide to China. (PageOneQ)
China (PRWEB) September 25, 2005 -- "The Utopia Guide to China" is the first printed book to detail the gay and lesbian scene in 45 Chinese cities including Beijing, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Hong Kong, Kunming, Nanjing, Macau, Shanghai, Shenyang, Shenzhen, Suzhou, Xiamen, and Xian.
Listed within are contact details for organizations and businesses that are popular social alternatives for both Chinese and foreign homosexuals. In addition to bars, discos, bookshops, spas, and restaurants, there is also a special section for women, highlighting Chinese groups and clubs that are especially welcoming to lesbians.
Hundreds of savvy comments and recommendations from local gays provide insights for both seasoned travelers and armchair explorers. The guidebook is multi-lingual, with Chinese instructions for taxi drivers included for some of the most popular venues.
The earliest historical records of homosexuality in China date back to the Shang Dynasty (1,700 B.C.) and China's long literary tradition offers many elegant references to socially accepted gay relationships among the ruling elite. However, the lives and loves of common folk and women were rarely valued highly enough to be put into song, verse, or scholarly library, and so this guidebook is also an important historical documentation of an overlooked sub-culture as it emerges from the shadows.

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