August 20 was Qixi Festival — Lovers’ Day. Taichung City Government’s Health Bureau has been promoting safe sex for more than three years by placing condom vending machines in 24 locations in the city, including parks, schools and saunas. Taichung Park, the city’s best-known dating venue, has won the best-seller championship three years in a row. It sold nearly 3,000 condoms between January and July this year. The bureau rushed to replenish stocks before Lovers’ Day, while reminding the public to practice safe sex for contraception and personal health.
Taichung’s top 10 condom-selling locations are Taichung Park, Chung Shan Medical University, Yingcai Park, Jhongjheng Park, Honghuagong Sauna, Health Park, National Chin-yi University of Technology, Chonglun Park, Fusing Park and Jiushe Park — seven parks, two universities and one sauna altogether.
Taichung City Government has placed 36 condom vending machines in eight parks, 13 universities, two saunas and one hot spring resort. Between January and July this year, 16,568 condoms were sold. Taichung Park has ranked number one every year. It has sold 2,854 condoms this year, far ahead of the runner-up, Chung Shan Medical University, which sold 1,456 condoms this year, about half the sales volume of the champion. Yingcai Park, which took third place, sold 1,360 condoms.
Photo: Liao Yao-tung, Taipei Times
Taichung Park’s condom vending machines are placed on the outskirts of the park and in the public toilets. The park wins the best-seller championship year in, year out, and its sales volume swells year after year. It has achieved its popularity through word of mouth. Its stocks need to be replenished every two weeks, with every replenishment requiring nearly 100 condoms. Taichung Park has become quite a hot spot for condom users. Last year’s runner-up, Lechenggong Temple, did not make it into the top 10 this year.
The bureau says that every condom pack sold by the vending machines contains two condoms with the thoughtful addition of two sachets of water-based lubricant. With quality assured by the Health Bureau, they are cheap, cheerful and in high demand. Every vending machine is replenished every three or four weeks, so there is no need to worry about them running out.
(Liberty Times, translated by Ethan Zhan)
1. contraception n.避孕 (bi4 yun4)
例: Contraception used to be our goal. Now pregnancy is.
2. sales volume comp. n.銷量 (xiao1 liang4)
例: The sales volume is secondary to the fulfillment I get at work.
3. water-based lubricant comp. n. 水性潤滑液 (shui3 xing4 run4 hua2 yi4)
例: Water-based lubricants do not damage condoms, so they are a better choice.
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