Huawei heir returns to China, Megatron a viral hit at new Universal Beijing Resort, children’s clothing company criticized for strange English designs—it’s Viral Week
Viral Week is our weekly round-up of the weekend’s trending memes, humor, rumor, gossip, and everything else Chinese netizens are chatting about.
Huawei heir returns to China
The US government has dropped an extradition warrant against Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou, who left Canada and arrived back in Shenzhen on Saturday. Meng, who is the daughter of Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei, was detained in Vancouver on fraud charges from the US in December 2018.
Chinese clothing brand JNBY came under criticism and ridicule for inappropriate English text and images used on its latest children’s wear designs. Examples spotted by netizens include phrases like “welcome to hell,” and “let me touch you,” as well as images of amputations, a bleeding rabbit head, and naked bodies. Netizens have also questioned JNBY’s promotional material for the collection, which involves child models in what many argue are sexually suggestive poses. JNBY has since recalled the offending products and vowed to review their design process.
An interactive Megatron character from the Transformers franchise (played by an actor in costume) at the newly opened Universal Beijing Resort has gone viral for making witty comments to tourists, once telling off a visitor who made a middle-finger gesture while posing for a photo: “Your gesture is so rude...dirty humans, I don't want to take a picture with him.” On another day, Megatron tried to break up a fight between two tourists cutting in line, before giving up and halting its performance.
Heilongjiang, Liaoning, and Jilin provinces in northeast China all reported power shortages last week, with authorities saying the hgih price of coal led to limited electricity supplies. According to the State Grid, the use of electricity for non-residential purposes had been rationed, but this still wasn't enough to prevent people's homes losing power intermittently. The State Grid also said they expect the power supply to get back to normal soon, but gave no detailed timeline.
Ten agencies, including China’s central bank, foreign exchange regulators, and financial agencies announced a ban on mining cryptocurrency, conducting crypto-related transactions, and forbid any Chinese firms from facilitating cryptocurrency trading within the country. The value of Bitcoin, the most popular cryptocurrency in the world, fell by 8 percent following the announcement.
In Shanghai, an elderly woman surnamed Zhang captured what she thought was a common bird while out in a nearby park. When her granddaughter found out she informed an animal protection service, whose staff were stunned to discover the colorful bird was a fairy pitta, an endangered species with a global population of just 10,000. Animal protection services have been nursing the bird back to full health before they return it to the wild.
Guo Wanrong and her 97-year-old grandma have become popular online because of their shared wardrobe, with netizens amazed by the elderly woman’s fashion sense. “Seniors don’t necessarily have to wear old people clothes,” said Guo, “I just want my granny to feel more beautiful, younger, and more confident.”
A woman in Guilin, Guangxi, became so frustrated with receiving nuisance marketing calls all day that she has taken drastic measures: by answering the calls, placing her phone under a cooking pot, and furiously beating it with her hand to cause an mighty racket for the caller. A video shows one nuisance caller hanging up seconds after being subject to the noise.