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China’s Sweetheart Swimmer Fu Yuanhui Wins Bronze, Doesn’t Know It

Swimming athlete Fu Yuanhui, who became an internet sensation overnight after her semi-finals interview has won a bronze medal after the women’s 100m backstroke finals. Her reaction again warms the hearts of Chinese netizens.

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Swimming athlete Fu Yuanhui, who became an internet sensation overnight after her semi-finals interview, has won a bronze medal after the women’s 100m backstroke finals at the Rio Olympics. Her reaction again warms the hearts of Chinese netizens.

Chinese swimmer and new Weibo sensation Fu Yuanhui won bronze in the women’s 100-metre backstroke on Monday night at the Olympic Aquatics Centre in Barra.

The backstroke specialist has to share the medal with Canada’s Kylie Masse, who also swam an identical “58.76. Katinka Hosszu from Hungary won gold (“58.45) and USA’s Kathleen Baker took silver with a time of “58.75.

After setting her new time in the finals, Fu spoke to CCTV reporters. Halfway through the interview, it becomes clear that Fu does not realize she has just won bronze. Fu talks about her Olympic experience and tells the reporter that “even now that I didn’t win a medal,..“. When the reporter tells her she has in fact won a medal, Fu’s reaction, again, is heart-warming. [See video below, turn on subtitles for English]

The post-finals interview is one of many incidents that has got Chinese netizens loving their ‘cute’ national athlete. Fu has become a Weibo meme, with many netizens copying her expressions or making Fu Yuanhui cartoons.

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PicMonkey Collage“I am so pleased today!

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Fu has become one of the quickest rising stars on Weibo. Today she posted on her account: “Whahahaha, it seems like I did not break an Asian record after all!”, something which she mentioned in her post-finals interview. Fu says she is “embarrassed” for saying so and that she wants to crawl into a “little dark room”. This Wikipedia page shows that Fu’s “58.76 indeed is not record-breaking within Asia.

“It doesn’t matter,” one netizen says: “You broke all the records when it comes to public opinion!” Others also support her, saying: “Don’t hide away, we still want to see the face of our swimming queen!”

In the meantime, Fu gained a staggering 1.4 million followers on her official Weibo account within 24 hours. Going from 1.8 million followers yesterday to 3.2 million fans today, it seems that the Olympic medalist has broken yet another personal record this week.

-By Manya Koetse

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China’s Peppa Pig Movie Promo Craze: Understanding the Video and the Trend Behind It

Why Peppa is breaking the Chinese internet.

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The Peppa Pig movie promo is breaking the Chinese internet right now. Our latest Weivlog explains the video, its social context, and its background.

China’s Peppa Pig movie promo video might already be one of Weibo’s biggest trending topics of the year.

To know more about this video and its background, check out our full latest video featured here, explaining the trend in full detail – the original video lacks English subs, so we explain the video from A-Z there.

Check it out, and please subscribe to our YouTube channel if you’d like to see more explanations of Chinese trends through video.

By Manya Koetse 

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When Hotpot Gets Really Hot: Haidilao Customers Shocked by Steamy TV

Haidilao is taking its customer service to a whole new level.

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Customers dining at a Haidilao hotpot restaurant in Wuhan on January 5th were shocked when the big television screen in the restaurant, usually used for showing Haidilao ads, suddenly showed an X-rated film.

Haidilao is China’s most famous hotpot chain, and is usually known for its excellent service. On busy nights, people stand in line for hours at the Haidilao restaurants, that are always packed full of people enjoying the good food and outstanding hospitality.

The incident, that happened on Saturday afternoon at the restaurant’s Great Ocean mall location, has now made its rounds on Chinese social media after one Haidilao customer shared photos of the embarrassing moment on Weibo. At time of writing, the hashtag “Haidilao TV shows vulgar scene” (#海底捞电视播不雅画面#) has received more than 240 million views.

Waiters at the restaurant were fast to turn off the television. According to some online reports, a reporter visited the restaurant a few hours after the incident happened, and confirmed the television was still turned off at night.

On Sunday, January 6, Haidilao issued a statement in which the restaurant apologized to the customers for the “vulgar content” that was displayed on the television, and that police are investigating the case. Online pornography is banned in China, and spreading X-rated films is illegal.

It is yet unsure how the film ended up on the restaurant’s screen, and whether it was a Haidilao employee who was watching the video and then made a mistake, or that a customer was using IR or Bluetooth on their smartphone and (purposely) connected it to their screen.

The incident has provoked hilarity on social media, where some netizens suggest that the X-rated film perhaps was a “customer demand” and that “Haidilao’s service is beyond expectations,” or that people were “eating and getting hard.”

The incident, as of now, does not seem to negatively affect people’s love for the Haidilao brand. “Please don’t close it down, I still want to eat hotpot,” some netizens comment, while others simply state: “Haidilao, I’m coming!”

(PS Want to know more about steamy hotpots? Check out What’s on Weibo’s sister site Hotpot Ambassador!)

By Manya Koetse and Miranda Barnes

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