Hunt for the phantom stripper of Shanghai By Tom Phillips in Shanghai Chinese police are hunting a female streaker who has ruffled feathers in Shanghai by using the cover of darkness to pose nude at some of the city's best-known tourist spots.
Online photographs of the unrobed and so far unidentified woman have been circulating for at least a week, causing a mixture of disgust and amusement among Chinese internet users. City officials appear to be unimpressed.
Yesterday the state-run Global Times announced that police were investigating the nocturnal antics of the woman, whom it labelled the "Bum on the Bund" - a reference to Shanghai's historic waterfront district.
"Though the woman's face and private parts have been pixilated, it appears to be the same woman in all the photographs," the newspaper noted.
The streaker's late-night escapades appeared to have started on Hengshan Road, a busy thoroughfare in Shanghai's former French concession that is home to dozens of expatriate bars and the 1925 Community Church.
Those photographs, which showed the woman reclining against one of the area's unmistakable London plane trees, were followed by racier shots taken near landmarks including the Oriental Pearl Tower and the Bund.
Ma Wenbin, a lawyer, warned that the woman could pay a high price for her "flirtatious and pornographic postures".
If found guilty of exposure in a public place, she faces up to 10 days detention.