Forbidden in the City: Naked photos at historic site

Forbidden in the City: Naked photos at historic site

A photographer has sparked outrage after he took photographs of a naked model in China's Forbidden City in Beijing and posted them online.

The photos posted on Weibo, the Chinese equivalent of Twitter, showed a nude woman posing in front of white marble handrails and sitting on a marble dragon head in the Forbidden City, reported the China Daily.

Another showed the woman leaning on an ancient wall with the underneath of her skirt exposed while tourists stood in the background.

Photographer Wang Dong took the pictures before posting them onto Weibo and other blogging sites.

He told The Beijing News that "I was only doing my work and did not affect anyone," the South China Morning Post reported.

But some angry netizens commented that it was improper for the photographer and the model to tarnish the reputation of the historic site.

Lawyer Liu Changsong said that if the photographer takes naked photos in the Forbidden City without permission and other visitors find it disturbing, then it should be deemed illegal, reported Beijing News.


Another expert said shooting such images in a public place set a bad example.

Ms Li Chunhua, a teacher at Zhejiang University of Media and Communications, said sitting on relics is improper behaviour and sets a bad example.

She said: "Nude photos should be taken in proper places, and carried out without the presence of the elderly and children."

It is unclear if the photographer had permission for the shoot.

This article was first published on June 02, 2015.
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