Nudists' naked ambition to set up camp on a Sai Kung island
Hong Kong's biggest nudist group will present a proposal to the Sai Kung District Council today asking to set up a camp on one of the islands in the area.
The Body Arts Association believes it is time Hong Kong nudists had their first such venue to enjoy outdoor activities without interference or discrimination.
Association president Simon Cheung said the association wants to build a holiday villa and recreational facilities on an island removed from residential areas.
The group's activities include swimming, barbecues, hiking, yoga, boating, drawing and photography.
'The idea of the camp is like the West Kowloon project. It will not be a place for recreation only, but a place for people to enjoy arts,' Mr Cheung said. 'We have strict rules against anyone who joins us with bad intentions. Anyone who comes to the island has to strip off completely.'
He said the proposal would explain the benefits of a nudist camp. 'We have looked into the experience of nudist camps in Europe. They have all helped to stimulate local economies and tourism.'
The association wants to forge a consensus with Sai Kung residents before holding talks with government officials. 'We need support from the local community first but we expect that some conservative residents will not like the idea.'
The association's membership has risen from 50 when it was set up three years ago to 440, including 100 women and 10 couples.
Mr Cheung said nudism was protected by Article 34 of the Basic Law, which gives Hongkongers freedom to engage in academic research, literary and artistic creation and other cultural activities.