Xiamen University

Proposal to revive naked boatmen in Badong County sparks debate in China

 The tradition for being naked boat trackers has been hundreds of years in Shennongxi Stream Gorge of the prefectures Badong County           Nationwide controversy greeted a political adviser's proposal to renew the custom of hauling barges by naked boatmen in a tourist zone in central China's Hubei Province. Yao Benzhi, vice secretary-general of the Enshi Tujia and Miao Autonomous Prefecture committee of the Chinese Peoples Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), even volunteered to become the first