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The Viral Week That Was: Ep 77

Panda birthday no show, cupping boom, China's fav divorces, and much more


The Viral Week That Was: Ep 77

Panda birthday no show, cupping boom, China's fav divorces, and much 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.

And so the Olympic Games comes to an end bringing with it a finale to the wave of sporting fever. Just kidding, we still have the Paralympic Games to look forward to. But before all that, there’s still the matter of last week’s weird and wonderful. Coming up on today’s Viral Week, we bring you cupping enthusiasm, celeb divorce sweeping China, happy birthday panda, and the circle of friendship. But first…



As the curtain closed on Rio’s Olympics, the final medal table was released. Unfortunately for the Middle Kingdom, the long contested rivalry between them and the US was broken by lowly little Britain.

However, the Chinese decided not to dwell on this fact and wholeheartedly celebrated the last gold medal won—women’s volleyball.

From commemorating past successes…


From player to coach

…to showing off medals.


One more for the collection

And of course, celebrities were not to be left out in their words of congratulations.


Courtesy of Fan Bingbing

Some even managed to capture the exact moment they found out the Chinese team won.



Cupping, the traditional Chinese medicinal treatment that utilizes glass cups and copious amounts of fire. Recently, there has been a boom in the number of self-cupping units being sold online.


It’s all due to one man.


That’s right, the use of this form of alternative treatment has been sparked by Olympic gold medal hoarder Michael Phelps.


Cup the leg [Sohu]

According to owners of store on Taobao (China’s answer to Ebay), home cupping device sales have shot through the roof since athletes have been spotted with dark bruising circles on their backs.



Wang Baoqiang (Lost in Thailand) is one of China’s most popular actors. His story is a classic rags-to-riches one. With no training in drama and looks that can be deemed somewhat lacking, Wang managed to carve out a thoroughly successful career.


Crazy successful [911cha.com]

However, recently it was revealed that his wife and manager have been having an affair and just last week Wang filed for divorce.


Exhibit 1 [youth.cn]

While this story may not interest many outside of the Middle Kingdom, it has had a profound impact on the general public inside the Great Wall.

Most of Wang’s movie roles have been of naive, innocent, foolhardy individuals, so it is no surprise that many people view him in a similar way. The thought of this country bumpkin being taken advantage of is why Chinese netizens are outraged.


Man and ex-wife [youth.cn]

And while the complete details may not have been released (and we should not expect them to), in the court of public opinion Wang has undoubtedly achieved a landslide victory.




The National Zoo in Washington DC held a birthday party over the weekend for their resident panda bear.

Bei Bei turned one years-old and the media was there to cover the event. Unfortunately, Bei Bei was not.

Just like his other scheduled media appearances, Bei Bei decided to sleep in instead of celebrating—something that many of us do when we pass age milestones.


According to the panda-keepers, they had held a dress rehearsal the day before to ensure that Bei Bei would show up at the right moments. He had even performed fairly well. Alas, when it was truly time, Bei Bei was a no show—he was probably tired from yesterday’s rehearsal.


Fortunately, his mother made sure that the birthday cake was not wasted.




No, it’s not some sort of hippy philosophy. A friendship circle (朋友圈) is a phrase made famous due to mobile app WeChat. It refers to the “moments” that one can see from all their confirmed friends.

And this concept was the theme of an open-air party held in Hefei, Anhui Province, over the weekend.

Participants enjoyed live music, played children’s games, and took selfies (what else).


During this event, a special one-hour segment was held in which audience members were encouraged to switch off their cell phones, enjoy the entertainment, and converse with vocal cords.

Here are some more highlights.



Catch up on last week’s Viral Week here.

Cover image from NetEase