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The Viral Week That Was: Ep 84

Zombies, graffiti outrage, surprisingly nice dorms, and a miserable mushroom


The Viral Week That Was: Ep 84

Zombies, graffiti outrage, surprisingly nice dorms, and a miserable mushroom


*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.

Breathe in deeply. Feel that? The smell of fresh(ish) air is back in the city of Beijing if only for a day.

Breathe in again. Now you’re ready for the Viral Week. Coming up of today’s episode, we bring you an NBA player making his mark on the Great Wall, zombies in Beijing, rock climbing with romance, and maybe the best male dorm ever. But first…



The phrase 蓝瘦香菇 (lánshòu xiānggū) has been making the rounds on the Chinese internet recently. But instead of referring to “skinny blue shiitake mushrooms”, it is derived from this guy here.

This young man from Nanning, Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, recorded himself lamenting over his absent girlfriend. He repeatedly claims to be “难受,想哭 (nánshòu, xiǎngkū)” which means “feeling unwell, has the urge to cry”. However, after being heard with the man’s local dialect, the phrase becomes a skinny blue shiitake.


Smurf mushroom, if you will [China Daily]

The hilarity of the accent (which is always funny) and his expressions in the video have charmed a nation. Weibo is now flooded with users adopting their own take on this infamous phrase.

Feel free to try it out next time you are down and in need of some humor and comfort.



The Houston Rockets NBA team came to China recently for a pre-season game and is one of the most beloved franchises in the Middle Kingdom due to the great (Yao) Ming Dynasty.

And like all visitors, a trip to the Great Wall was high on the team’s itinerary. Unfortunately, one of the players, Bobby Brown, decided to leave the Wall less intact than before.


Brown posted this picture of his autograph scratched into the Wall on his Weibo account and Chinese fans were outraged at this vandalism of a national treasure.

Brown has since apologized for this act (again on Weibo) and deleted both this and his incriminating post. Fortunately, he played for three years in the Chinese Basketball Association for the Dongguan Leopards, so natives have been in a much more forgiving mood.




Over the weekend, Happy Valley amusement park in Beijing held an event in the run-up to this year’s Halloween.

Hundreds of running enthusiasts were invited to don zombie makeup and encouraged to…well…run loose around the park.

Let’s just hope there were no zombie clowns around.



Those of you who have never worked in a Chinese government building may not know that one of the biggest benefits lies in their canteen.

Take this building in Xi’an. The price of a meal, which includes three dishes and rice, is two RMB.

Unfortunately, this recently made the news due to the amount of wastage that was being created through unfinished meals and barely-touched bowls of noodles. This report came as Sunday marked World Food Day.

While many netizens agreed that such waste is…well…a waste, many were upset at the focus of the piece. Comments complained about the targeting of normal employees without going after the “big fish”. Others stated that this was simply was not news.



Think back to when you were in university and had to visit the male dorms (either as an inhabitant or guest). Recall the smell of sweat and body odor that pervades from the atmosphere as soon as you walk through the door.

Not in this dorm.

In room 7012 on the Central South University, Changsha, campus, four boys spent 200 RMB to transform their dorm room into something more hospitable.

With calligraphy and paintings on the wall, fresh greenery, and old-school furniture, these boys have managed to carve out a calm sanctum to relax away from the pressures of college.


Missed last week’s? Here it is!

Cover image from NetEase