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The Viral Week That Was: Ep 56

Tourists wasting food, bagging fresh air, skinny A4 paper, and more


*The Viral Week That Was is our weekly round-up of the previous week’s trending memes, humor, rumor, gossip, and everything else Chinese netizens are chatting about. Think of this as a nicotine patch to help ease yourself into the working week after suckling on the smokey teat of the weekend.

Welcome back to your favorite source of China being China, the Viral Week. Coming up today, we bring you a wailing tattoo, armless man making arms, air for sale, and tourists behaving badly again. But first…



Remember last summer when girls around the country were furiously attempting to contort their bodies to demonstrate how skinny they were?


That time you dislocated your shoulder [北京清木整形官方微博]

And then there was that phenomenon involving balancing coins .


Great place to keep loose change [北京清木整形官方微博]

Unfortunately, trends come and go with the ferocity of Chinese tourists at a buffet, and so if you were to take selfies of yourself trying these acts now, it would be met with disapproving smileys.

The latest is now doing the rounds and all it requires is a piece of A4 paper.


Any size will do [米露]

Creatively named the “A4 Waist”, people are showing off how skinny they are regardless of any qualified medical advice as to whether it’s healthy. But that’s not really the point is it? So what do you think, is it attractive?


Answer in the comment section below [姜宏波]



One of the biggest questions when it comes to getting a tattoo is whether there is much pain. Some say there is, while others maintain that it does not hurt at all.

Often the best way to come to an answer is to actually see someone get a tattoo. Like this woman.

Pain argument officially settled.



The world is of full of people that are able to make you feel lazy, inept, and a waste of space. Sun Jifa is one of them.


Though he doesn’t mean to [China Daily]

At the age of 27, Sun severely injured his arms while attempting to disarm a homemade explosive. The doctors were not able to salvage his limbs and were forced to amputate. Seemingly unconcerned with his disability, Sun decided to focus on working with iron and steel in an attempt to forge together new arms for himself.


Sun’s new hand [China Daily]

36 years later, Sun has gone through four iterations of his homemade arms and these have allowed him, not only to have functional limbs for daily life, but also engage in farm labor. He and his family have also aided more than one thousand other disabled people with their limb-related problems.


Go do something—you’re out of excuses [China Daily]



Visiting new places often mean that a certain proportion of the travel budget needs to be set aside for souvenirs. While China has its fair share of terrible mementos, there are some that tread a fine line between memorable and flat out useless.

In the Qingyuan prefecture situated in northern Guangdong, tourists are able to purchase their very own piece of mountain air.


…while wasting paper [NetEase]

Locals have taken a look at the smog in urban areas and the fresh air that surrounds them, and have come up with a quick and easy money-making scheme.


Tourists come just for the bagged air [NetEase]

Prices range from 10 to 30 RMB and each bag is guaranteed to leave visitors with ear to ear smiles.


Customers could not wait until they got home to taste that fresh air [NetEase]



If you thought that Chinese tourists had reached their most irritable, then you were sorely mistaken.

A video was recently released, which showed Chinese tourists and their less-than optimal dining behaviors at a hotel buffet in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Tourists were seemingly shoveling the hotel’s cocaine-laced (one imagines) shrimp onto their plates, often leaving the counter with three or four plates full.



Unfortunately, the shrimp may not have tasted as delicious as they hoped as most guests left their table with mounds uneaten.




Catch up on last week’s Viral Week here.

Cover image from China Daily

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