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Don’t Drink the Water in Hangzhou

Here’s what’s hot on the Chinese internet right now. Baidu Top Searches: 人生视频 6分钟 Rénshēng shìpín 6fēnzhōng – The video “Life in Six Minutes” has become very popular on the Chinese net. It’s basically a music video that shows an old man looking back over his life and relationship with his wife, and is quite […]

06·07·2011

Don’t Drink the Water in Hangzhou

Here’s what’s hot on the Chinese internet right now. Baidu Top Searches: 人生视频 6分钟 Rénshēng shìpín 6fēnzhōng – The video “Life in Six Minutes” has become very popular on the Chinese net. It’s basically a music video that shows an old man looking back over his life and relationship with his wife, and is quite […]

06·07·2011

Here’s what’s hot on the Chinese internet right now.

Baidu Top Searches:

  1. 人生视频 6分钟 Rénshēng shìpín 6fēnzhōng – The video “Life in Six Minutes” has become very popular on the Chinese net. It’s basically a music video that shows an old man looking back over his life and relationship with his wife, and is quite moving even though it appears to actually be a viral ad for Sony digital cameras.
  2. 杭州水源污染 Hángzhōu shuǐyuán wūrǎn – Hangzhou’s water supply has reportedly been contaiminated by a leak of over 20 tons of phenol. Here’s the story (Chinese).
  3. 柏芝霆锋和好 Bǎizhī Tíngfēng héhǎo – Apparently not content to have dominated headlines last week with their messy divorce, Cecelia Chung and Nicholas Tse (above) are back in the news again. This time, they’ve apparently reconciled their differences, and say that reports of their divorce were just “pure rumors.” Here’s the story (Chinese).
  4. 邓超 大婚 Dèng Chāo dàhūn – Deng Chao and Sun Li’s wedding is today, and the media has gotten hold of some photos that allegedly show the swanky place they’re having the ceremony. Here’s the story (Chinese).
  5. 希尔顿 不雅视频 xīěrdùn bùyǎ shìpín – Lewd video of Paris Hilton has been released and…wait, I moved to China to get away from this kind of “news”. Sigh….here’s a story in Chinese about it.
  6. 潮州 古巷 cháo zhōu gǔ xiàng – In Chaozhou, a worker was stabbed by employees of his boss after getting into a fight with the boss over unpaid wages. This led to a mass incident of several hundred people that had to be dispersed by police. Here’s the story (Chinese).
  7. 李永波 微博 Lǐ Yǒngbō wēibó – Li Yongbo is a pro badminton player who suggested in an interview that Li Na’s big win in the French Open was being overhyped. Now he’s backpedaling, saying the reporter misquoted him and he didn’t mean any disrespect to Li Na. Here’s the story (Chinese).
  8. 哥伦比亚纹身大会 Gēlúnbǐyà wénshēn dàhuì – The Chinese media are publishing photo essays with interesting photos from a tattoo expo in Columbia.
  9. 李娜 收视新高 Lǐ Na shōushì xīn gāo – Li Na’s win has apparently inspired a lot of jealousy from othe racket sports; the international Table Tennis Federation is now quibbling with CCTV over Li Na’s viewership numbers and the significance of her win for future TV coverage of tennis and table tennis. Here’s the story (Chinese).
  10. 武汉长江大桥被撞 Wǔhàn Cháng Jiāng dà qiáo bèi zhuàng – A bridge in Wuhan was struck by a barge — this has apparently happened before, too — and was left with some scuffing and a little damage. Here’s the story (Chinese).

Sina Weibo Trending Topics:

  1. 高考微作文Gāokǎo wēi zuòwén – The Gaokao essay questions are out, and as always, people are discussing them, but now they’re also trying to write their own answers, in 140 characters!
  2. 2011年高考2011 nián gāokǎo – Today is the first day of the Gaokao, China’s monster be-all-and-end-all college entrance exam.
  3. 上班第一天shàngbān dì-yī tiān – Today’s the first day back at work after the Dragon Boat Festival holiday; people are complaining about it.
  4. 邓超孙俪大婚Dèng Chāo Sūn Lì dàhūn – Today is Sun Li and Deng Chao’s wedding; people are talking about it.
  5. 李娜法网夺冠Lǐ Nà fǎwǎng duóguàn – Li Na won the French Open. Fans are celebrating and reposting things from her Weibo account.
  6. 随手拍一夏suíshǒu pāi yīxià – People are talking about and posting photos of summer.
  7. 传张柏芝谢霆锋已和好chuán Zhāng Bózhī Xiè Tíngfēng yǐ héhǎo – People are talking about Cecelia Chung and Nicholas Tse, who now say they’ve made up and they aren’t divorced after all.
  8. 微视频大赛wēi shìpín dàsài – Sina is hosting a video competiton where people are meant to make “micro-movies” and “micro-shows” for prizes of up to 100000 RMB.

Image courtesy of Natesh Ramasamy on flickr.com