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Little Dog Chases Bus For Half an Hour, Becomes Trending

A little dog that chased a bus for over half an hour recently became a trending topic on Chinese social media.

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A little dog that chased a bus for over half an hour recently became a trending topic on Chinese social media. The incident caused much controversy, attracting thousands of comments and over 65 million views.

On the afternoon of September 4, one Weibo netizen called ‘I Love Your Smile’ (@喜欢你微笑123笑) was sitting on Line 1 of the public transport bus system in the city of Leshan (乐山) in Sichuan, when she photographed an unusual scene.

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Posting several pictures of the scene, she says:

I was taking the public transport today, when I saw this. It made me sad. The bus did not allow the dog on, and the owner would not get off. During the whole travel time of over half an hour, the dog followed his owner. When I got on the bus, he was beside it. When I got off the bus, the dog was still running alongside the bus.”

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The incident was taken over by many Chinese media, and was soon shared thousands of times, receiving countless reactions from angry netizens under the hashtag “Dog Chases Bus for Half an Hour’ (#狗狗紧追公交半小时#).

According to news outlets such as the Chengdu Business Newspaper, the bus did not allow to have the dog on board but the dog’s owner was on the bus because he had “a problem”, resulting in the dog running behind the bus for the complete travel time of 30 minutes. It was also confirmed that during the day of the incident, the bus was driving slow enough for the dog to keep up with it.

Many netizens condemned the dog’s owner for being cruel to his dog and not getting off the bus.

But the story took an unexpected turn on September 5, when another netizen named ‘Yellow Woods Take You Flying’ (@黄森特带你飞) claimed that this was their family dog named Xixi.

He expressed his anger about how the incident was depicted by the netizen taking the pictures, and he wrote: “She is still with us and is not being mistreated. We did not abandon her and we were not on the bus! I care about her more than any of you!” The alleged owner said the dog was not tied and would sometimes go chasing after female dogs. He again clarified that he was not on that bus.

He also posted several other photos of Xixi on his Weibo account to prove it was his dog.

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But many netizens would not accept the netizen’s explanation: “Do you mean there was a female dog on the bus?” some wonder. Other warned him that his dog would get quickly get run over if he let him roam around this way.

Meanwhile, the female netizen who originally posted the pictures also faced backlash from Weibo netizens, who were angry with her for writing the dog’s owner was on the bus, and spreading wrong information to Chinese netizens and media.

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The girl directed her response to alleged owner @黄森特带你飞, saying: “So you’re the dog’s owner, well let me tell you; 1. I am not interested in you, nor am I interested in making you look bad. I just care about your dog being safe. 2. I am sorry for causing a misunderstanding, it was not my intention. 3. Thanks for having such a cute dog. Don’t abandon him, don’t give him up.”

By now, the little dog has become famous as the topic has been viewed over 65 million times.

Although the topic initially became big due to netizens thinking it was animal cruelty, it has now also become hot for being “fake news” – originating from one single netizen, and quickly taken over by Chinese media.

In the end, most netizens are happy the dog is safe. And despite all controversy over what information is false or true, one thing that is not disputed is that Xixi apparently is a dog that really loves to run.

[UPDATE] On September 7, another Chinese netizen published pictures of a horse running on the freeway in Kunming around 14.30.

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According to media, cars slowed down when they saw the horse so it would not get injured. It is not yet clear who the owner of the horse is.

– 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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China Health & Science

Shanghai ‘Dead Man’ Taken Away to Morgue, Found to Be Alive

An incident in which a man taken to a morgue turned out to be alive doesn’t really help to restore residents’ trust in Shanghai.

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An incident in which a Shanghai man, who was thought to be dead, was taken to a funeral home before he was found to be alive has become a big topic on Chinese social media.

The incident happened on the afternoon of May 1st at the Shanghai Xinchangzheng Nursing Home (上海新长征福利院) in the city’s Putuo District.

A video of the incident went viral on Chinese social media in which a body bag can be seen put into a vehicle by three people, two members of staff from the nursing home and one funeral home worker. Shortly after, the body bag is taken out again and put back on a trolley. One of the nurses zips open the bag, pulls a cover from the man’s face, and apparently finds him to be alive.

“He’s alive,” one of the workers says in shock: “He’s alive, I saw it, he’s alive. Don’t cover him any more.”

The man is then transferred back into the nursing home, still inside the body bag.

The video that is making its rounds on social media was filmed from two different angles, the person filming can be heard calling the incident “a disgrace for human life” and “irresponsible.”

On May 2nd, the Chinese state media outlet People’s Daily posted about the incident on Weibo, saying the city district is currently investigating the case. The man was hospitalized and his vital signs are stable.

Meanwhile, multiple people are held accountable for the incident. The head of the nursing home has been dismissed and will be further investigated, along with four district officials. The license of the doctor involved will also be revoked.

The Shanghai Xinchangzheng Nursing Home has also apologized for the incident (#上海一福利院就未死亡老人被拉走道歉#).

On social media, many people are angry about the incident, wondering why the old man was transported to the funeral home in the first place, and why the members of staff seemed to be indifferent after finding out he was still alive.

In the video, the member of staff standing next to the man can be seen covering the patient’s face again after finding out he is still alive, leaving the body bag zipped up. Many also see this as a cold and incomprehensible way to respond.

After weeks of online anger about the chaotic and sometimes inhumane way in which Shanghai authorities have been handling the Covid outbreak in the city, this incident seems to further lower the public’s trust in how patients and vulnerable residents are being treated.

“Shanghai is such a terrifying place!”, some on Weibo write.

“Just think about it,” one person responded: “This incident took place in one of China’s most prosperous cities and happened to be filmed. How much is happening in other cities that is not caught on camera? Today, it’s this man, in the future, it’s us.”

For more articles on the Covid-19 topics on Chinese social media, check here.

By Manya Koetse, with contributions by Miranda Barnes

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China and Covid19

‘Hard Isolation’ is Shanghai’s New Word of the Day

In line with a new ‘hard isolation’ measure, the entrances of some Shanghai residential buildings were fenced up.

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While some Shanghai households have already endured weeks of isolation, a new word was added to their epidemic vocabulary today: ‘hard isolation’ or ‘strong quarantine’ (yìng gélí 硬隔离)

The word popped up on Chinese social media on April 23rd after some Shanghai netizens posted photos of fences being set up around their community building to keep residents from walking out.

“New word: hard isolation. Shanghai is rotten to the core,” one commenter wrote.

The word soon turned into a hashtag page where people started commenting on the issue of fences being placed around residential buildings, voicing concerns on what a fence around buildings would mean for fire safety, especially after online rumors suggested that there had been a fire at one community in Pudong on Saturday night.

An official document regarding the ‘hard isolation’ measure was also shared online on Saturday. It is dated April 23, 2022, and its source is the Pudong New Area Office for Epidemic Control.

The document states that in line with the guidelines for the city’s epidemic prevention and control, the division between areas or zones that are in certain risk categories should be ‘optimized,’ with those in the high-risk category requiring a ‘hard isolation.’ Security guards should also be on duty 24 hours a day at the entrance of the buildings.

Earlier this month, Shanghai adopted “3-level control measures” after its initial phased lockdown. It means that local areas will be classified as “locked-down,” “controlled” or “precautionary,” based on their Covid19 risk.

“Could we also put fences around the homes of Shanghai leaders?”, one person suggested, while others posted images from the Walking Dead to mock the situation.

In the hope of Shanghai soon tackling the Covid situation, not everybody disagreed with the decision to fence some buildings or communities in the Pudong area: “I don’t disagree with it, as long as there is always someone there to open the fence in case of fire,” one person stated.

Although having a fence around their building is currently not a reality for most in Shanghai, the online photos of some communities seeing their buildings being fenced up is a reason to worry for some: “It’s been 40 days, and now they start hard isolation? This actually scares me. Before we know it, it’s June.”

One Weibo user asked: “Why is it possible to implement this hard isolation now? Was this created by the same persons who also implemented the rule to separate children from parents at isolation sites?”

“I truly can’t imagine why some people thought this is a good idea,” others wrote.

For more articles on the Covid-19 topics on Chinese social media, check here.

By Manya Koetse

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