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Gay Guide China
Homosexuality is not recognized in China. The age of consent is set at 14 for all. The spread of pornography to minors aged under the age of eighteen is punishable with imprisonment. In mainland China, gay life often remains hidden because of the conservative traditional Chinese culture. Due to social and family pressure, most gay people living outside the major cities are still expected to marry and have children, while at the same time living a double life, hiding their gay life. With the emergence of a liberated, sexually active gay community, the HIV figures in China are rising dramatically, creating unique challenges. AIDS education in China is complicated. Reliable statistics relating to the actual numbers of HIV infected men in China are not available - as many men do not identify themselves as homosexual. It is possible that as many as 4 percent of China's population (52 million people) are infected, due to the lack of knowledge about the virus. The Hong Kong based Chi Heng Foundation, which supports with AIDS orphans, teaches HIV prevention to gay men in China. The government's policy toward the gay scene can be considered to be neutral. However, sometimes the gay scene is wrongfully accused of being involved with sex business, which the police treat harshly.
Cities in China
Name: Zhongguo · Chine · Cina
Location: Eastern Asia
International country code: 86 (omit 0 from area code)
International access code: 00
Language: Mandarin Chinese or Putonghua
Area: 9,596,960 km² / 3,691,494 sq mi.
Currency: 1 Renminbi Yuan (RMB) = 10 Jiao
Religions: Confucianism, northern Buddhism (Mahajana 100 Million), Taoism, Sunnite Moslem (14 Million)
Climate: The climate is extremely diverse and ranges from a tropical in the south, the Gobi desert region in the west and a sub-arctic climate in the north.
Important gay cities: Hong Kong and Shanghai