Tang dynasty themed park in the city of Xi’an has attracted notice online with an unusual promotion aimed at showing that big remains beautiful in China, even if Emperor Taizong no longer sits on the throne.
Between June 15th and 19th, Tang Paradise gave away free tickets each day to the first 618 women to arrive and prove that they weighed over 61.8 kg (136 lbs). The stunt marked Dragon Boat Festival, which fell on June 18th (6/18) this year.
In a video shared online by Btime.com, a sign can be seen at the park’s entrance, announcing, “Free entry for ladies of the Tang dynasty.” Female visitors then queued up for the chance to weigh themselves on an oversized scale against a 61.8 kg block. If the woman outweighed the block, then she was considered a proper Tang dynasty lady and allowed to enter the park for free (tickets would normally cost 90 yuan).
Back in the days of the Tang Dynasty (618-907), the standard of beauty in China was quite different than it is today with people preferring women to be plump, a sign of wealth and social status. Yang Guifei, perhaps the most famous of the Four Beauties of ancient China, was known for elegantly rounded body and face that put even the prettiest of flowers to shame.
“People nowadays see healthy and slim as the beauty standard. We want to show that the voluptuous bodies of the Tang ladies are also beautiful,” a representative of the park said. “You are as pretty as Yang Guifei.”