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The Viral Week That Was: Ep 50

Chilling bikinis, ice-cold humans, rolling with it, and the princess that's gone: it's viral week


The Viral Week That Was: Ep 50

Chilling bikinis, ice-cold humans, rolling with it, and the princess that's gone: it's viral week


*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.

After that hilariously cold weekend, the Viral Week returns to bring you a steamy pile of content that you probably missed. Coming up we have a journey to the holy mountain, practice for this past weekend, taking insults literally, and details on what content optimization really is. But first…



There are few guarantees in life, but if there are two sure things, it’s that girls in bikinis will be used for promotion, and that few will really care if you point out this is crass marketing and endangers their health. But hey, here are the pics!


No health endangerment here [China News]

In this case, it was the opening of a new ski slope in Qingdao, Shandong Province.


If that wasn’t already obvious [China News]

In a climate of negative 10 degrees Celsius, this group of women and one (lucky?) guy braved and bared all in the name of snow in decline.


And then they were docked pay for wearing coats [China News]



A member of the China Photographers Association, Hu Guoqing released his latest work, entitled Passage of the Heart. His collection documents pilgrims in Tibet making their way through the harsh conditions to reach the holy mountains.

Take a gander at Hu’s work and stop complaining about how you had to use your air conditioner to help heat your room.







[China Daily]



In an attempt to prepare for the coming weekend (perhaps), two individuals in Changsha, Hunan province, immersed their bodies in ice.


The event was held to help provide 500 cancer patients with medical support. The participants were previous Guinness Record holder Chen Kecai and Xiang Yong, affectionately known as “Ice Baby”.

The event ran for two and a half hours, which meant that much of the audience was more drained than the participants.



Chinese girls love their male celebrities. It generally doesn’t matter if they are preschoolers or simply famous for being famous, these boys get a lot of love.

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Emphasis on the word “boys”

Now and again, a random individual will come along and steal some of the online praise, winning the hearts of girls trawling the interwebs.


Seems normal enough [华西都市报]

One such lad was in a shopping mall in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, with his girlfriend when an argument broke out. The girlfriend proceeded to tell him to “滚” (gǔn), which can be loosely translated as the “f” word that must not be written in full.


And then punched him? [华西都市报]

However, that particular word also has the literal translation of “roll”, which is exactly how the man interpreted it.


How moved is the girlfriend? [华西都市报]

Online commenters gasped in awe (one imagines) at this self-deprecating act of love, encouraging the young woman to cherish such a committed and selfless boyfriend. Others pondered whether their husbands would ever give up so much dignity in order to appease them. Then there were the few that were glad that the girl did not shout that other Chinese curse word for their boyfriend to act out (you know, the one beginning with “c”).



The censors are at it again. As if it wasn’t enough to deprive viewers of faces and crotch grenades, this time those sneaky operators have forcibly removed Go Princess Go, an Internet comedy that became a surprise hit for video streaming site LeTV.

According to LeTV, they were asked to remove the show in order for it to undergo “optimization”.


The original cut had these two in much closer proximity [duitang.com]

Go Princess Go became a massive hit with the viewers after it debuted online in December. It helped LeTV rake in 50,000 more subscribers and 1.5 million more USDs. But alas, it was this attention that attracted the preying eyes of the censors, and they took issue with the show’s handling of time traveling, sexuality, and identity themes.


(Leave your best captions in the comments below) [3lian.com]

It is unclear when the show will return, but the fuss made would have all been in for nothing if all that was changed were time travel consistencies. In the meantime, here’s a trailer you can enjoy(ish).


Catch up on last week’s Viral Week here.

Cover image from China Daily