PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 03 April, 2013, 10:14am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 03 April, 2013, 11:11am

Who are Beijing's naked 'sex doll' couple? Bizarre photograph goes viral

Net users speculate over origin of photographs


Amy Li began her journalism career as a crime news reporter in Queens, New York, in 2004. She joined Reuters in Beijing in 2008 as a multimedia editor. Amy taught journalism at Southwestern University of Finance and Economics in Chengdu before joining SCMP in Hong Kong in 2012. She is now an online news editor for Amy can be reached at, or follow her on Twitter @AmyLiSCMP

Is it art or madness?

A series of photographs which went viral on China’s social media this week show a naked man running across a street late at night.

The man is holding what looks like a sex doll and is closely followed by a woman who also appears to be naked.

The photos, which were apparently taken in Beijing, drew heated discussion and speculation online.

"Is this a real-life Temple Run?" wrote a blogger, referring to a popular game where a player takes on the role of an explorer attempting to steal an idol from a temple and outrun monsters chasing from behind.

"It must be some kind of publicity stunt," said another.

Many others simply said they found the photos entertaining.

The identities of the couple remain unknown. 

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