Liu Dalin, year-old founder and curator of the Chinese Sexual Culture Museum, has made it a mission to reintroduce his country's ancient culture of sexuality to generations brought up in more prudish communist times. But after years of struggling to keep his private museum afloat, Liu is packing up his collection of 3, erotic toys, icons and other sex paraphernalia and moving to the countryside. Liu, a retired Shanghai University professor and noted sociologist, says he was done in by a lack of official support. None of them said it was bad. Not one. They all felt it was very respectful, and to be admired," Liu said. Given the anything-goes reputation of Shanghai's booming nightlife and easy access to online pornography, it's hard to imagine a museum, even one about sex, having much shock value here. A two-story Esprit poster on Nanjing Road shows bare-bellied teens in ardent embrace.
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My friend and I are traveling through Beijing , to Xi'an then a day in Suzhou arriving in morning on overnight train and stopping one night then to Shanghai. We really fancy getting to Tongli and I would like to know how easy it is to get there from Suzhou. How do we get there, how far is it, how long it would take and roughly the cost. But it would be cool to see some of Suzhou too as it looks interesting. Is there time to view both? Has anyone been to it? My friend has read a lot of books about foot binding and is very interested in seeing historical stuff about it my guide says that there is foot binding artifacts in this museum. Will we come across it in any other museums? When you arrive suzhou i guess by train right? Take around 40mins to Tongli.
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A woman visitor looks at a pornographic clay of early 19th century at the Museum of Ancient Chinese Sex Culture in Shanghai. Shanghai would seem the perfect home for a sex museum given a colonial history that at its peak teemed with enough dance halls and houses of ill-repute to earn it the title "Whore of the Orient. Liu may not be to blame, but rather his vast collection of about 3, erotic pieces that romp through some 5, years of human sexual behaviour that has come under official suspicion. First government officials would not allow him the use of the word sex on his billboard, making the museum all but impossible for tourists to find on crowded Nanjing Road. The authorities claimed they were upholding national regulations forbidding the advertisement of sex artifacts. Shanghai officials then refused to grant the museum "scenic location" status that would have allowed travel agencies to list it in brochures, very likely drawing more tourists. Finally, a state-owned tourism company tried to lend its support but local officials also scuttled that plan. As the museum has failed to woo visitors -- only 20 to 30 per day, 50 on the weekends, and two-thirds of them foreigners -- Liu has been unable to recoup his more than , dollar investment by selling 30 yuan 3.