But have you read about the “Women’s Town” Chinese tourist attraction? It’s a town where women rule and men get in trouble for disobedience. No, seriously.
The new motto of the town will be “women never make mistakes, and men can never refuse women’s requests.”
Hmmm. I wonder if they’ll ever franchise and open one up over here???
The article from Yahoo:
Chinese tourism authorities are seeking investment to build a novel concept attraction — the world’s first “women’s town,” where men get punished for disobedience, an official said Thursday.
The 2.3-square-km Longshuihu village in the Shuangqiao district of Chongqing municipality, also known as “women’s town,” was based on the local traditional concept of “women rule and men obey,” a tourism official told Reuters.
“Traditional women dominate and men have to be obedient in the areas of Sichuan province and Chongqing, and now we are using it as an idea to attract tourists and boost tourism,” the official, surname Li, said by telephone.
The tourism bureau planned to invest between 200 million yuan ($26 million) and 300 million yuan in infrastructure, roads and buildings, Li said.
“We welcome investors from overseas and nationwide to invest in our project,” he added.
The motto of the new town would be “women never make mistakes, and men can never refuse women’s requests,” Chinese media have reported.
When tour groups enter the town, female tourists would play the dominant role when shopping or choosing a place to stay, and a disobedient man would be punished by “kneeling on an uneven board” or washing dishes in restaurants, media reports said.
The project, begun in the end of 2005, was expected to take three to five years to finish.
Is that not the most bizarre thing you’ve read all day?
Edited to Add: There seems to be some misunderstanding that I am not aware of or don’t care about the women/human rights issues brought to light by this new venture.
Au contraire, people… Women/human rights are known to be poor in China. That’s a given. I do think the women who live in this particular town are lucky because they do not have to suffer as second class citizens as most women do in China and in countless other places around the world.
As for the men being submissive to women, I think it’s just the way things are there. I don’t believe anyone is forcing them to stay. In any case, the reason this area is being exploited for tourism is because the whole female-dominant scene, as a way of life rather than a source of sexual titillation, is an anomaly as well as a novelty.