Fake vaginas sold as powerful Chinese medicinal mushrooms

While doing some construction work, residents of the Liucunbu village in China's Shaanxi province came across a fake vagina that they, um, mistakenly identified as a lingzhi mushroom, legendary in Chinese medicine for its reportedy super-powerful healing and anti-aging properties. It's not clear whether the villagers really thought the sex toy was a mushroom or not, but in any case they called in an Xi'an TV news reporter who bought into the magic mushroom story. She produced a story about the discovery that actually aired. You can view that here. The following day, the TV program apologized for their error, claiming that "(the) reporter was still very young and unwise to the ways of the world." But that wasn't the end of this terrific tale. Now, a street vendor is selling artificial vaginas as the mushrooms for as much as US$2,800. As you can see from the above news report, he's even playing the original Xi'an TV news piece at his stall. When questioned by one Doubting Thomas, the vendor simply said, "It's on the news. How can it be fake?"

"ZOMG! Enterprising street seller now passing off artificial vajayjays as taisui mushrooms!" (Shanghaiist)

""Mystery mushroom" which leaves Xi'an villagers befuddled turns out to be artificial vajayjay" (Shanghaiist)


  1. What exactly does the legend say to do with this mushroom?  Cause unless your are suppose to have sex with it I’d think you’d figure out it wasn’t organic when you started cutting it.

    1.  You think they’d notice something was amiss when they were trying to hack their way through something with the texture of hard rubber vs every other mushroom they’ve ever eaten.

  2. I’m frightened about the idea of some people taking this story in the opposite direction: finding big mushrooms, heating them for a few seconds in the microwave, cutting a hole . . .

    1. I was afraid too until I found a particularly handsome specimen. I called him Gus. Turns out he was fun.

  3. I just glanced at the article.  So they have vaginas growing out of the ground in China?  I’m changing my vacation plans.

  4. So Xi’an TV reporters can just broadcast anything all by themselves without supervisory review?  Pretty neat business model!

    1. The rule is simple: don’t mention any of the “Three Ts and an F” (Tibet, Taiwan, Tiananmen + Falun Gong).  Otherwise, it’s all good.

  5. Is it possible that this is just a way for people to buy sex toys discreetly? (How difficult is it normally to buy them in China?) 

    After all, in the US, selling quasi-legal things discreetly by officially mis-representing their purpose is common — “bath salts” that are really synthetic drugs, “video head cleaner” that’s really poppers, tiny fake roses that are really crack pipes (you throw away the rose and keep the glass tube), etc.

    …to say nothing of “massage” businesses that are really prostitution…

    1. Do people need to buy sex toys in China? I hear they grow wild, and you can just dig ’em up.

      I saw it on the TV, so it must be true.

    2. I don’t think the Chinese are really that prudish about sex as to make sex toys quasi-legal – and any way what a markup! US$2,800 for a fake vajayjay!

      Pretty sure you could rent a real one for a lot less in most places in China, if you wanted to.

      1.  Perhaps the vendor knows they’re only likely to find a few rubes to purchase these and need to get in and out quick before they get arrested

    3. For years I wondered about the little roses in a glass tube that they sell at 7-11. I happened to mention it to a friend while we were there one day, and he told me that they were crack pipes! Then his burrito, which he had neglected to unwrap, exploded in the microwave and we made a hasty exit.

  6. So many jokes about “pussy power”. But i’ll dismiss those, and instead try to see the positive in the situation. If the Chinese now are turning to sex toys for magical effect, maybe that’ll finally have an impact on poaching on tigers and rhinos.

  7. I find it hard to believe this guy, or anyone who actually touches them, does not realize they are made of man made rubber/silicone/whatever– you’re not gonna slice them up and toss them in a frying pan.  Hence I suspect this guy is well aware they are not mushrooms, and is trying to scam people, hence the absurd price tag (you only have to sell one to make a huge profit.)

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