Life in China 2016: A Picture A Day, July 20 - Lovers Bay, or “Qing Ren Wan,” along Songshan Lake, is just outside of our garden (housing complex) gate. Seeing this took me by surprise at first, because in China, you hardly ever see “romantic” public display of affection or PDA. In 7 years of living in China, I can count on one hand the times I have seen people romantically hugging or kissing in public; it rarely happens! Why? Culture, and the law! I’m going to quote from Wikipedia:
"China promotes modesty in public between the two sexes. In times past there has been a 3-foot (90 cm) minimum distance between members of the opposite sex as a standard, but due to overcrowding in Chinese cities it is not always possible to keep that distance. Public displays of affection are completely off limits. Many Chinese children have never seen their parents hold hands or kiss, or even say "I love you". Kissing is regarded as nearly as intimate as any form of sexual contact and tends to be a secretive act for many Chinese individuals. PDAs by tourists are considered violations of local law.”
So….the most you see at this Lover’s Bay is couples holding hands while walking. (Other than Jim having his arm around my shoulder!)
It’s interesting though that there is MORE friendly PDA, girls and ladies commonly walk around holding hands or arm-in-arm, and men walk around with their arms hung over one another’s shoulders, all just as friends and perfectly acceptable in public.