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The Golden Days of Bike Sharing: CoolQi and Haier Introduce China’s Coolest Bike Yet

In China’s super competitive bike-sharing market, newcomer CoolQi offers a special something for its customers in cooperation with Haier. With a dazzling gold color, cool design, and mobile-charging cables, CoolQi targets China’s young and trendy bike sharing users.

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In China’s super competitive bike-sharing market, newcomer CoolQi offers a special something for its customers in cooperation with Haier. With a dazzling gold color, cool design, and mobile-charging cables, CoolQi targets young and trendy bike sharing users who appreciate their share of bling bling.

Another newcomer has been added to the long list of China’s bike-sharing companies. In cooperation with Chinese electronics company Haier, company CoolQi (酷骑) did not just launch a bike that is cheap and convenient; it introduced one that is shiny and cool.

Recently, Chinese netizens started paying attention to the new kid on the block in China’s world of bike sharing. The golden CoolQi bikes have blue tyres and seats, a mobile phone holder, and cables attached to the front to charge your mobile phone (Android, iPhone). There is also the option to wirelessly charge your battery.

The option to charge one’s smartphone with this bike will be popular among China’s bike-sharing users, because they often use the navigation on their phone while cycling.

Baby you can ride my bike.

Like other bike companies such as Ofo or Mobike, CoolQi also works with an app and QR code system, but is somewhat more expensive than its competitors (deposit 298 yuan [43$], half an hour ride 1,5 yuan [0.22$]).

Besides the charging station, it also offers other high-tech functions; the seat can be automatically adjusted to height (people have to register their height within the app) and it has a voice assistant that can tell you the weather forecast and other things.

Beep beep’m beep beep yeah!

The bikes have made their debut in Hangzhou, Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, and Xi’an.

On Weibo the new bikes have led to many jokes, with many saying “it couldn’t possibly be any uglier.” It is called the ‘nouveau riche’ bike.

Some are also worried about what will happen to the mobile-charging station when it gets wet. “There should be matching umbrellas with this bike,” some people suggest. Many commenters also say it won’t be long before the charging station and other parts of the bike will be vandalized and broken.

There are also other worries in relation to the bike’s mobile phone holders and chargers: “Playing on your phone and recharging it while riding your bike, I can only pray to heaven that there won’t be any accidents!”

“I saw these bikes today,” one person writes: “But they are so shiny, I just didn’t have the courage to ride them.”

By Manya Koetse

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Manya Koetse is the editor-in-chief of www.whatsonweibo.com. She is a writer and consultant (Sinologist, MPhil) on social trends in China, with a focus on social media and digital developments, Sino-Japanese relations and gender issues. Contact at manya@whatsonweibo.com, or follow on Twitter.

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China’s Latest Online Viral Game Makes You Clap for Xi Jinping

Smart propaganda – now clapping for Xi Jinping has become a competition.

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In a new online game that has come out during the 19th National Congress in Beijing, Chinese netizens can compete in applauding for Xi Jinping. The game has become an online hit.

The major 19th CPC National Congress started on Wednesday in Beijing with a speech by Chinese President Xi Jinping that took nearly 3,5 hours.

The speech, that focused on China’s future and its rise in the world today, was repeatedly paused for the appropriate applause from the party members in the audience.

With the introduction of a new game by Tencent, people can now also clap along to Xi Jinping’s speech from their own living room. The game became an online hit on October 18. It was already played over 400 million times by 9 pm Beijing time.

The mobile game can be opened through a link that takes you to a short segment of the lengthy speech by Xi Jinping. In the short segment, President Xi mentions that it is the mission of the Communist Party of China to strive for the happiness and the rise of the Chinese people.

The app then allows you “clap” for Xi by tapping the screen of your phone as many times as you can within a time frame of 18 seconds. After completing, you can invite your friends to play along and compete with them.

The game has become especially popular on WeChat, where some users boast that they have scored a ‘clap rate’ of 1695.

If you’re up to it, you can try to clap as much as you can for Xi Jinping here.

By Manya Koetse and Diandian Guo

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This Digital Device Now Helps Chinese Police Catch Traffic Violators

After RoboCop, here’s Guardrail Drone: this high-tech device makes it easier and safer for Chinese police to catch traffic violators.

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A new digital device makes it easier and safer for Chinese police to catch traffic violators. A local experiment with the police gadget proved successful earlier this year.

From now on, it might no longer be the police that warns drivers to drive slowly through construction zones or to get off the emergency lane. A new digital device can now help Chinese traffic police to send out warnings or to catch people violating traffic rules.

The automated device can be placed on the guardrail and is directly connected to the smartphone of the police officer controlling it. Through the camera on the device, the police can see when someone is driving on the emergency lane and can send out police warning signs and sounds through the speakers on the device.

On Chinese social media, a video on how the device works has been making its rounds over the past few days. Some netizens say the new device is just “awesome,” and others warn drivers not to use the traffic lane; the chances of getting caught are now bigger because of the police’s new helper.

The device was first successfully tested locally in May of this year at a Zhejiang Expressway, NetEase’s Huang Weicheng (黄唯诚) reported in July of this year.

Earlier in 2017, police also experimented with a new police robot, jokingly called ‘Robocop’ by netizens, to help police catching fugitives and answer questions from people at the train station.

In our latest Weivlog we will tell you all about this ‘guardrail drone’; how it works and where it has been implemented:

By Manya Koetse

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