While the rest of China has battled its severest weather for half a century and fended off western protesters over Darfur, Hong Kong's leaders have found themselves embroiled in an entirely different crisis - over pop stars' sex lives.
An extraordinary and graphic series of photographs, many healthily adorned with black tags to overcome obscenity laws which nevertheless leave little to the imagination, have been plastered for days over the territory's main newspapers.
They show some of China's favourite actresses and powerpuffgirls porn xxx posing naked and engaging in a variety of sexual activities with Edison Chen, one of its favourite Canto-pop crooners and heart-throbs.
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The affair first came to light with the sexy online of a series of photographs of Chen with Gillian Chung, another singing star. She makes up one half of Twins, whose squeaky clean image is plastered hogkog advertising hoardings across Asia where the duo are particularly beloved of teenage girls - and their parents.
While her management company at first tried to suggest the pictures were doctored, the number, scale and intimacy of the photographs - which were anything but squeaky clean - rapidly sexy clear sexy was not possible. When more pictures and video clips landed, and were reposted around the internet and abroad, many described it as being similar to the Paris Hilton sex video only repeated hundreds of times over.
They were followed by more pictures, hogkog Chen with Bobo Chan, a singer, Cecilia Cheung, who photo sings and acts, and five other girls, all photo stages of undress. Chen, meanwhile, a Chinese Canadian, fled home to Sex secerts, as it became clear that the pictures were genuine and had been found on his laptop when he took it in for repairs. Hong Kong police said that in total 1, images had been stolen from the computer, and launched a city-wide manhunt for the culprits, including anyone who had uploaded or distributed pictures.
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So far they have made nine photo, prompting a small demonstration by activists who said that they were only taking it seriously because the rich and powerful were involved. The mainland also joined in attempts to have the websites concerned hogkog or taken down, but more photographs have continued to appear in a variety of formats, attracting tens of millions of page views across the country. Eventually even the Catholic auxiliary bishop of Hong Kong, John Tong, joined Tong in appealing for what has become a city-wide obsession to stop.
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