There is a Undang-Undang Anti-Pornografi (The Law of Anti-Pornography), but this has become controversial as it is seen to objectify women, and it can affect the local culture including some traditional art.
Possession of pornography is punishable by up to 3 years in prison, a fine of CN¥ 20,000, or up to life imprisonment for large underground distributors.
In 2010 China shut down 60,000 pornographic websites according to the news agency Reuters, arresting almost 5,000 suspects in the process.
Imported magazines would have the pubic hair scratched out, and even the most explicit videos could not portray it.
Starting around 1991, photobook publishers began challenging this ban to the point where pubic hair is now fairly well accepted. In 1999, the government enacted a law banning photos and videos of naked children, which were a fairly common sight in mainstream media before that time.
As in Europe, photographs of nudes are not uncommon in the mainstream media.