Oh dear, what a year. Here's an overview of the 26 biggest trending topics on Chinese social media in 2022.
Five major views and discussions on Chinese social media in light of the country's sudden opening up and Covid wave.
Covid-positive people in Hangzhou who do not want to or cannot isolate at home can now apply to voluntarily stay at a 'health home.'
Although many encourage the idea of sleep pods at hospitals, others say that China's health care has more pressing issues to tackle first.
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Zhang Zhehan's latest song is his first success after he suffered scrutiny in China, but his song wasn't released in the mainland.
The Foshan movie theater staff had wanted to protect the moviegoers who are still testing negative and had not expected it to blow up.
"Before, we were buying food and waited for lockdowns. Now, we are buying medicine and wait for infections."
As Chinese clinics are overflowing with Covid patients, netizens discuss the widespread use of IV infusions and if it actually helps.
Having Covid at home is a novel concept in 'zero Covid' China. To go to the hospital or not? That's the question.
The epidemic situations in the smaller cities of Baoding and Dazhou have particularly attracted attention online.
Earlier in 2022, temporary 'fangcang' (方舱) makeshift hospitals across China were changed into permanent ones.
"For three years, I was able to guard my green horse," some said after many places in China have now stopped checking Health Code apps.
China changes its Covid approach, and Weibo users are still getting used to the idea: "We are going from one extreme to the other."
"Everyone is really happy but there is a black cloud heading our way."
This Hu Xijin commentary can be seen as part of a wider trend of normalizing Covid in the Chinese online media sphere.
The post-divorce fight between Wang Xiaofei and 'Big S' Barbie Hsu is taking place online, like a serialized drama going on for too long.
Bus and subway operators in Beijing will no longer refuse entry to passengers without a 48-hour negative nucleic acid certificate.
Some suggest that a 'political coming out' is even more important than the other kind of 'coming out.'
Since the rise of Chinese social media, Jiang Zemin became a recurring part of Chinese memes.