Posing naked at tourist attractions is never a good idea! A Netizen recently caused controversy after sharing photos on Weibo of a woman posing naked by Tibet's Yamdrok Lake. Some Netizens saw the photos as "disrespectful of Tibetan culture."
Weibo user YouchumDolkar posed a series of photos of Monday of a young woman in front of an empty lake. The woman was either scantily clad or nude in most of the photos. The photos were captioned, "The young woman said that this is probably the best time to come to Tibet, so I wanted to leave with these memories of the Holy Land." YouchumDolkar also posted in the photo's comments, "It's just a cool photographer and a cool model. Where is the uncultured and uncivilized thought and behavior?"
Yamdrok Lake is one of Tibet's three holy lakes. Official tours to the lake first started in 2012 but were soon stopped by the Lhokha provincial government after Netizens spoke out against the idea.
The "naked photos" incident has once again put the media spotlight on Yamdrok Lake. Netizens wrote that the woman's behavior was disrespectful because the lake is a religious symbol and protected sacred land. They said that she could easily offend the local community and religious groups.
However, other Netizens said that this was an "exaggeration." Netizen Shiyi Lang commented on Weibo, "The sacred lake is surrounded by cattle, sheep, Tibetan wild donkeys. They are always naked. Why can't everyone else near around it be naked too?"