In 2001 legislation was relaxed to the tune that homosexuality is no longer considered as a mental disorder in China. This was seen as a tacit declaration that homosexuality had been legalized and while much of China is still in denial, there is now a growing gay scene. Big cities, particularly Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong, have gay bars, clubs, saunas, and massage parlors. For more information check out www.gay.com, and www.utopia-asia.com, the latter also publishes the Utopia Guide to China, which has details of the gay scene in 50 of the country's cities.
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