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Beijing Hutong Streaker Arouses Discussion on Chinese Social Media

A man running around with just a bath towel in the hutongs of Beijing has caught the attention of Chinese netizens, who have numerous explanations for why this man would streak in the hutongs.

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A man running around with just a bath towel in the hutongs of Beijing has caught the attention of Chinese netizens, who have numerous explanations for why this man would streak in the hutongs.

On May 31st, a young man was caught running around Beijing’s hutongs naked. Bystanders photographed the streaking incident, that took place in the central Houhai area. The topic made it to Sina Weibo‘s top trending topics on July 2nd under the hashtag of ‘Houhai Streaker’ (#后海裸奔男#).

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Witnesses stated the man was saying something while he was running around, and that they were not sure if he was being chased.

According to Global Times, the appearance of the ‘bath towel man’ has caused quite some discussion on social media networks in China. Over the past few years, there have been numerous streaking incidents that made headlines in China – some streak for the sake of art, some because they are drunk or have mental issues. “What was this man’s reason?”, Global Times asks.

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“Are you sure they were not just shooting a movie?” one Weibo user wonders.

“Maybe a couple was caught in the act,” another netizen speculates. Or: “He was probably bored.”

“He just has a heroic nature,” one commenter says.

Earlier this year, another streaking incident made the news when five men were caught running naked in Wuhan early in the morning. According to Jiangsu news, the men did this to stay young and fit.

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In 2013, two young men were caught while streaking on the campus of Peking University while carrying sex dolls with them.

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According to Chinese laws, people can be detained for 5-10 days for deliberately showing their naked body in public or for exposing their genitals. In cases where these obscenities involve children under the age of 14, or other more serious circumstances, the custody will range from at least 10 to 15 days. Streakers suffering from mental health problems will not be detained, according to China’s Financial Magazine.

When an older man living in the hutong where the recent Beijing streaking occurred was interviewed by Global Times, he reportedly said: “I’ve seen this streaker running around many times before. What he’s doing this for is something we as older people discuss a lot – young people nowadays just are so free-spirited.”

– By Manya Koetse

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Manya Koetse is the founder and editor-in-chief of whatsonweibo.com. She is a writer, public speaker, and researcher (Sinologist, MPhil) on social trends, digital developments, and new media in an ever-changing China, with a focus on Chinese society, pop culture, and gender issues. She shares her love for hotpot on hotpotambassador.com. Contact at manya@whatsonweibo.com, or follow on Twitter.

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Anger over Guangzhou Anti-Epidemic Staff Picking Locks, Entering Homes

While these Guangzhou homeowners were quarantined at a hotel, anti-epidemic staff broke their door locks and entered their homes.

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Dozens of homeowners in Guangzhou, Guangdong, were angered to find out the locks of their apartment doors were broken during their mandatory hotel quarantine.

The residents had gone to a quarantine location after a positive Covid case in their building. Afterward, anti-epidemic staff had entered their homes for disinfection and to check if any residents were still inside.

The incident happened earlier this month in an apartment complex in the Liwan district of the city.

The incident first gained attention on July 10 when various videos showing the broken door locks were posted online. During the morning, the property management had conducted an ’emergency inspection’ of 84 households. The doors were later sealed.

The case went trending again on July 18 when the residential district apologized to all homeowners for the break-ins and promised to compensate them.

“What’s the use of apologizing?” some Weibo commenters wondered. “Where is the law? If this even happens in Guangzhou now and people in Guangdong put up with this, what else will they dare to do in the future?”

On Chinese social media, most comments on the Guangzhou incident were about the break-ins allegedly being unlawful.

Media reporter and Toutiao author Kai Lei (@凯雷), who has over two million followers on Weibo, said the incident showed that those breaking in “had no regard for the law.”

To read more about Covid-19 in China, check our articles here.

By Manya Koetse
With contributions by Miranda Barnes

 

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Shanghai Ruijin Hospital Stabbing Incident

The police opened fire and subdued the suspect, who stabbed at least four people at Shanghai’s Ruijin Hospital on Saturday.

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On Saturday July 9, a stabbing incident that occurred at Shanghai’s renowned Ruijin Hospital (上海瑞金医院) shocked Chinese netizens as videos showing the panic and chaos at the scene circulated in Wechat groups and on Weibo.

At around 11:30 AM the police department started receiving calls that there was someone stabbing people at the hospital, which is located in the city’s Huangpu district. At the scene of the incident, at the 7th floor of the outpatient clinic, they found a knife-wielding man holding a group of people hostage.

According to police reports, the police opened fire and subdued the suspect. Four people who were injured during the knife attack are now being treated, none of them are in a life-threatening situation.

The case is currently under investigation.

According to The Paper, Ruijin Hospital resumed its outpatient services at 14:08 this afternoon.

This is the second stabbing incident in Shanghai this week. On Monday, a man was arrested after going on a random stabbing spree in Shanghai’s Jing’an District.

While some Shanghai residents say the recent incidents made them feel less safe, others praise the fast police response to the incident.

One doctor from Shanghai posted on Weibo that hospitals should have proper security checks in place in order to prevent these kinds of incidents from happening again in the future.

By Manya Koetse
With contributions by Miranda Barnes

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