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Himalaya

Day 81: Lugu Lake

Lugu Lake, China 
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With Namu checking out lakeside property. The area is in the throes of a tourist boom, fed by belief that the Mosuo minority are much more free and easy about sex than the Han Chinese majority.
Michael Palin - Himalaya'All this at 13?'

Namu shakes her head. At 13 they don't usually go with men, but they begin to learn about sex from cousins, sisters and, in her case from her mother, who, she says, gave her advice on 'how a woman should sit to show she had self-respect', and at the same time, 'how to walk to show herself off'.

Namu digs at the fire.

'The Chinese very secret, we're quite open about things,' she says, sliding a potato towards me.

'My mother told me sex is very good for the skin. You get good sex, you don't get pimples.'

I'm trying to find a polite way of asking how many men she slept with in her Flower Chamber, but she answers for me.

'In my Flower Room I was still virgin.'

I ask her if they used any form of birth control. She shakes her head. It's rather the opposite.
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PALIN'S GUIDES

  • Series: Himalaya
  • Chapter: Day 81: Lugu Lake
  • Country/sea: China
  • Place: Lugu Lake
  • Book page no: 190

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