Students talk in hushed tones at a sex education class in Beijing. (File photo/Xinhua)
Over 70% of Chinese interviewed in a recent survey said they had their first sexual experience before marriage. The survey was conducted by Xiaokang, a semi-monthly magazine affiliated with Communist Party-run political theory journal Qiushi, or "Seek Truth."
Xiaokang, together with Tsinghua University in Beijing, conducted a survey showing that 71.4% of respondents had had pre-marital sexual experiences. The survey covered 31 provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities, collecting 1,013 valid responses. Almost 70% of the interviewees were between the ages of 20 and 39.
Past figures show that 15% of Chinese had had pre-marital sexual experiences in 1989, and the figure rose to 40% in 1994. In an online survey, 86.5% of interviewees responded in the affirmative.
The survey also indicated that young people are highly dependent on the internet for knowledge about sex. It further revealed that Chinese women are generally passive about learning more, as they tend to think it is men's responsibility to be familiar with sexual matters.