A years-long tradition of middle-aged men sunbathing in the nude on the beaches of Sanya has been put to an end as authorities announced plans to enforce a long-standing notice that bans the activity.
According to South China Morning Post, squads of urban management officers were seen walking through the sand of Dadonghai beach in Sanya on Thursday handing out notices to scantily clad men who sometimes spend entire days at the beach playing cards and socializing.
What’s on Sanya reported in 2010 that hundreds of nude sunbathers, usually men over 40, had recently begun showing up to Dadonghai beach to lounge about and chat and a rift between the naked and the clothed has been widening ever since.
To Mr. Ma, who is among one of the naked men seen on the beach, enjoying the sunshine naked is a symbol of an open and free mindset. Besides, this kind of individual behavior doesn’t bring inconvenience to others at all.
However, quite a proportion of residents in Sanya still find this kind of behaviour unacceptable and believe that it will undoubtedly affect the urban civilization of the city.
“We have talked with them many times, but they seemed reluctant to change. We had to seek help from local police as we don’t have the power to ban nudists,” Xia Wanfeng, a spokeswoman for the Sanya City Administration law-enforcement bureau, said to SCMP.
Mainland law says that local police can detain people who expose themselves in public, and those who refuse to cooperate can face up to 10 days in custody.
[Image via What’s on Sanya]