Protecting their flower: Women over 22 who claim to still be virgins can gain free admission to the show in Changsha. No examination will be required. (Photo/CFP)
A promotion for a scenic resort said it would allow women who are 22 or above and still have their virginity to attend its floral festival free of charge. After news of the idea broke online, lots of internet users called it a lousy one and criticized using virginity as a way of drawing people's attention.
One shocked netizen asked whether festival planners were "using their brains" when they thought of the idea. However, the authorities of the scenic resort housing the festival said it was "just a little creative thinking."
According to Shanghai Daily, women who were born before September 17, 1989, and claim to be virgins can enter the Zhouluo Wild Osmanthus Fragrans Festival in Changsha for free. Women have to bring valid identification to gain free admission and a free gift. The festival will be held from Sep 17 to 25 in Zhouluo Scenic Resort, Liuyang, in southern China's Hunan province.
Zhouluo Scenic Resort compares osmanthus fragrans, also called tea olives, to a "pure and simple female," whatever that means. The resort has thousands of wild osmanthus fragrans trees and September is the best time to see the flowers bloom.
Yet their use of virginity as a promotional tool has caused heated arguments on the web. "I strongly demand male virgins be allowed free entry as well," said one netizen. Another questioned, "Why are they using virginity to do promotion again? Can they try to be more vulgar?"
One netizen called Qibao Xiao Ye said, "Who is going to verify the identity of the virgin? Do these virgins have to go to the hospital to get a certification? It's not a creative way of thinking at all, it's just brain-dead."
Zhouluo Wild Osmanthus Fragrans Festival 週洛景區野生桂花節
Zhouluo Scenic Resort 週洛景區