By on September 15, 2012

The car show in Haikou on the Chinese island of Hainan is small as far as car shows go. Organizers had to try harder to attract visitors. Or, being small, they had to save money, and they decided to spare the garments of their female product specialists. They appeared covered in not much more than flowers.

Caution, the following pictures could be considered as offensive and NSFW in Sharia jurisdictions and parts of America, but have become quite common in officially still communist China.  

According to Tycho at Carnewschina, who uncovers these things for TTAC (and who has higher res pictures), “organizers of the show called it ‘art’, as in body paint, but authorities weren’t that stupid and the show received a stern warning.”

It has become customary (see Chengdu and Beijing) that the stern warning are handed out towards the end of the show, guaranteeing maximum, well, exposure for the show, a kept face for the authorities, and, well, coverage as far as TTAC in the U.S. of A.

How did the Chairman put it? Let a thousand flowers bloom. He did not specify the location of the blooming.

Either that, or the organizers took the “flower street” concept far too literal.

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47 Comments on “NSFW: The Naked Truth About Chinese Car Shows...”


  • avatar
    tbp0701

    Except for the lady in pink, everyone–models and audience members–look to be embarrassed, uncomfortable, sad or just bored. Maybe that’s just the expression when people are more focused on uploading pictures to social media rather than going “whoa!”

  • avatar
    TonyJZX

    looks like only one of them has a substantial set of airbags

  • avatar
    RideHeight

    I guess it’s a step up from female infanticide.
    Maybe this will set a trend our NFL cheerleaders will copy.

    • 0 avatar

      female infanticide is one step from starvation.

      Have you ever lived in China and seen how dense the population is? It’s a miracle they can feed their people as is.

      I love Chinese girls BTW.

      • 0 avatar
        AJ

        Nice way to justify it.

      • 0 avatar
        sfay3

        I love black and white thinking from people who must believe that there are unlimited resources.

      • 0 avatar
        daiheadjai

        I always laugh when first-worlders talk about how infanticide and forced sterilization programs are necessary, given that they (we?) live safe (and far) from the consequences of such policies.

        Given that we in the developed west consume such a huge proportion of the world’s resources, wouldn’t the humane and prudent course of action be to first address this imbalance, before we start performing hysterectomies and sterilizations?

      • 0 avatar
        chuckrs

        Black and white thinking indeed. There was one first worlder who actually did something about the problems and who personified the Green Revolution. He is the late Dr. Norman Borlaug, an American Nobel Peace Prize winner who won the prize for actual accomplishment. Fancy that. An Atlantic Monthly article from years ago estimated that he and the people he trained saved a billion people. You might quibble over whether it was a billion or hundreds of millions – either way he prevented Paul Erlich’s visions from becoming reality. From a third and fourth world perspective, the most important American of the 20th century and one of the most important people of that century of any nationality.
        @daiheadjai – reducing my consumption won’t help them. Infrastructure to get food to them before it rots will. However, I will gladly give up corn based ethanol (except for adult beverages) as I consider that use downright immoral.

  • avatar
    Polar Bear

    Actually a thousand flowers is a bit inflated.

    “The policy of letting a hundred flowers bloom and a hundred schools of thought contend is designed to promote the flourishing of the arts and the progress of science”. – Mao 1956.

    I am happy to see the Chinese appreciate beauty. This sort of thing is “sexist oppression” in the West. Unless it is Western women watching male strippers. Then it is liberation.

  • avatar
    OldWingGuy

    I like the look on the gal in the audience in the first picture.
    If that’s her boyfriend/husband standing beside her, he has some explaining to do when they get home. No more car shows for him, I suspect.

  • avatar
    65corvair

    Haven’t they figured out that the male customers aren’t looking at the cars! Back in a marketing class the instructor showed an ad with a hot woman, took the ad away and asked what the product was. Do I have to tell you the result?!

    • 0 avatar

      A few years back at one of the big auto shows I was talking to Andrea Soriani, who is in charge of communications and marketing for Maserati in North America.

      “Why do you have the pretty models standing next to the car?”

      “What do you mean? Beautiful cars. Beautiful women. They go together.”

      “Andrea, you’re a man and I’m a man. We both like beautiful cars and beautiful women but if we had to pick one to look at, the car would lose.”

      “True. True.”

      • 0 avatar
        Steve65

        I have on occasion amazed the SO by paying more attention to an interesting car than an attractive woman when I encounter them at the same time. The reason: even here, there are cars I may never see again. There’ll be another attractive woman along directly.

    • 0 avatar
      redav

      Flawed analysis unless you only get to see the ad once.

  • avatar

    To quote:

    “How did the Chairman says? Let a thousand flowers bloom. He did not specific the location of the blooming.”

    I just love Engrish!!

  • avatar
    stuntmonkey

    It boggles my mind to think that when my family left China to avoid the communists so many, many years ago, this is the end result of what they were fleeing.

  • avatar
    Darkhorse

    Gentlemen, start your weed whackers!

  • avatar

    I just tell folks I read TTAC for the articles.

    “Caution, the following pictures could be considered as offensive and NSFW in Sharia jurisdictions and parts of America,”

    After watching the State Department fail to defend free speech, the White House asking YouTube to pull a video that apparently offends the perpetually offended, and California police asking the offending video maker in for questioning, one is tempted to say that parts of America appear to already be under Sharia jurisdictions, or at the very least we’re operating under fear of those who want to enforce Sharia.

    Yes, it would pain me to see a Torah scroll burned, but if I want to be able to pray freely at my synagogue I have to tolerate it if someone wants to burn something holy to me.

    The true revolutionary nature of America’s founding fathers can be seen how so many humans still don’t get the First Amendment.

    While it’s true that there are socially conservative Americans, including religious Christians and orthodox Jews who would be personally offended by the photos above, there weren’t any riots over The Last Temptation of Christ or any one of a number of movies that use Jewish culture or religious practices as gist for comedy.

    I personally found the Seinfeld “crazy mohel” episode to be offensive, but even worse, I found it to be unfunny. I can do 15 minutes of mohel and bris jokes, any one of which is funnier than Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld’s material.

    “Vat you vant I should have hanging in mine window?”

    Freedom of religion means that one has the right to blaspheme anybody’s faith. Freedom of speech means that people can say stuff that I don’t like. If I want to be able to flip someone off, well I guess that means that I have to put up with people calling me names.

    Some folks just don’t get the concept of freedom.

    • 0 avatar
      Lampredi

      +1

    • 0 avatar
      dejal1

      Google has blocked access to the video if the I/P address requesting it is from Egypt and Libya.

      Embarrassing.

      In addition to officials wanting to question someone over something NOT illegal, I’m not thrilled with the head of Joint Chief of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey making phone calls to Terry Jones. I know if I was running the show, he would NOT be in that position. If the WH asked/ordered Dempsey to call Jones, Dempsey should have refused. What he did is not in his job description and has no place in out society.

    • 0 avatar
      jpolicke

      Well put, Mr. S. Somehow the Judeo-Christian believers can be offended without resorting to savage violence, otherwise artists from Martin Scorsese to Monty Python to Mel Gibson would be long-dead.

      Meanwhile the American Atheists are in court trying to get the cross-shaped piece of WTC girder removed from the 9/11 museum. I’d be happy to chip in if someone takes up a collection to send these PIAs over to Benghazi.

    • 0 avatar

      Amen, RS. +10,000

    • 0 avatar
      redav

      So much of what we consider common sense is the result of a couple centuries of societal education & practice. We went though some of our own growing pains in the early days of our govt ‘experiment.’

      It takes generations to change culture. It is unrealistic to expect those in other countries without the collective understandings we have to be able to fully comprehend much less actively live such principles.

      I do not excuse them, but I try to understand them.

  • avatar
    PrincipalDan

    Nice girls but I do agree with those who say they look fairly bored (except the one in the black veil.)

  • avatar
    Kevin Jaeger

    I’m grateful Bertel is selflessly out there digging up the real automotive news from Asia that we’d otherwise be missing.

  • avatar
    KalapanaBlack

    This never happens at the assuredly much smaller Pittsburgh “International” Auto Show. Then again, the girls from Pennsyltucky aren’t exactly known for their overall fitness.

    I’d love to see a 5’9″ 300-lb “mama” draped over the hood of a purple Chevy Spark. Scratch that. I don’t want to see that.

  • avatar

    Capitalist roaders are diminishing the proletariat to the level of running-dog imperialists.

    • 0 avatar
      multicam

      obbop, I think I speak for many of us here on TTAC- I rarely, if ever, have the slightest clue what you’re talking about.

      Yet I love your posts every time.

      • 0 avatar
        el scotto

        +1 I like obbop posts too. I think they’re usually an arcane reference delivered with dry humor. Also, expect more dry humor about materialistic Americans with conspicuous consumption lifestyles. Before China decided to be the world’s manufacturer of cheap plastic crap, government communiques would use phrases like running-dog imperialists. Then the Chinese figured out that money was good.

  • avatar
    jruhi4

    Is it appropriate somehow that the logo at the upper right of the last picture can be construed as a “69″?

  • avatar
    oldyak

    If I were president I would allow the airwaves to do Muhammad spoofs and tell em to get over it and move on!
    I`m know the Iranians have done it with the Jew`s and Christians.
    Why do we let allow these people to set the rules?
    They want to kill over religion??????
    I believe we have done that already…and the bad guys lost!
    Next Muslim I see will be introduced to the cross…or maybe Ill just flip him the ‘bird of peace’.
    Damn I’m so tired of this.
    oh and the Chinese girls are hot! I like the shy,uncomfortable look!

  • avatar
    Syke

    TVR! TVR! TVR!

  • avatar
    JimothyLite

    Bertel, do you find that your job becomes harder when you cover these shows?

  • avatar
    FJ60LandCruiser

    Considering that these girls will probably be spending the night with some syphilitic senior Communist party member, a billionaire robber baron who makes iPads with slave labor, or the sadistic spoiled son of one of these men… I can’t imagine why they’re not smiling.

    Get used to your Chinese overlords.

    We’ll all be working for them soon enough because we can’t be bothered to pay Americans fair wages to build our cheap crap.


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