Allegedly, it is acceptable for a wife in Hongkong to kill her adulterous husband but only if she uses her bare hands.
True or not, the claim draws attention to how adultery has become so common among Hongkong businessmen that it has even fueled a building boom in Southern China, especially in the province of Guandong, where Hongkong Romeos usually keep their young mistresses in apartments.
The Chinese don't talk about it but even the Communist Party has failed to dissuade Chinese Lotharios from having concubines.
UK's The Telegraph reported in its issue today that Henry Tang, who is vying for Hong Kong's chief executive position, has admitted to having a mistress. Whether or not that diminishes Tang's chances of landing the job is a big question considering that concubinage is deeply entrenched in Chinese society.
In ancient China it was acceptable for successful and powerful men to have several concubines. Chinese emperors often kept thousands in the Forbidden City.
It is said that by the time General Sun Yat Sen and his troops took over from the Qing dynasty, the last of the Chinese dynasties, there were as many as 20,000 concubines living in the Forbidden City.
The concubines served a dual purpose. One is to ensure the emperor a very good chance of producing an heir. Another is to provide him with unlimited opportunities to satiate his uh..... appetites. So logical!
But wait. There's really a noble reason. The emperor represented the extreme of "Yang" (male) and so it was essential for the harmony of the universe that he has sex with as many "Yin" (female) as possible. Makes sense yet?
Unfortunately for women, there is a double standard and wives are expected to stay monogamous, no matter what.
According to Chinese men: "One teapot is usually accompanied by four cups. But have you ever seen one cup with four teapots?"