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Teenage couple kissing statue causes stir among Chinese parents

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A statue of a teenage couple kissing on a park bench has received criticism in China.

The sculpture features a young girl sitting on a boy while they embrace, both clothed in school uniform, at the Bihu Ecological Park in Zhangzhou.

The sculpture showing two young teenagers kissing in Zhangzhou, China

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The sculpture showing two young teenagers kissing



The artist Liu Qing said: "It's just a kiss and it's a common phenomenon among teenagers now; I hope parents and schools can deal with it properly."

Some parents don't agree, with one mother complaining: "I had my little girl with me and she saw the statue.

The sculpture showing two young teenagers kissing in Zhangzhou, China

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The sculpture showing two young teenagers kissing



"It looks so lifelike she asked me what the two of them were doing. I didn't know how to answer her so I got her away from there as quickly as possible."

Another parent said that the artwork would "encourage students to kiss each other boldly in public" and that it should be taken down.

Even though many people in China are against the idea of public displays of affection, the park claims the statue is for "educational purposes".

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