Stella Yu and Toni Tang
AllChinaTech brings you the 5 most talked-about topics of the week on Weibo, one of the largest Chinese social media.
#5: Retailers line up to worship Jack Ma
(4.6 million views; 381 comments)
The Double 11 shopping day triggered a fierce war between Chinese e-commerce giants, but Alibaba is still the biggest winner by far, receiving USD 14.3 billion revenue in a single day. Online, pictures were posted of smaller retailers lining up to worship Jack Ma as a deity, hoping it will bring them the same good fortune.
#4: Help your roommate get a date
(110 million views; 954 thousand comments)
In the lead-up to China’s “Single’s Day” on Nov. 11, “xiaoyuan”, or campus, posted on Weibo on Monday, calling on internet users to get their roommate a date by posting pictures of them along with the name of their school and a brief introduction. It went viral this week with thousands of pictures mostly from college students.
#3: A round face is better looking than oval
(210 million views; 150 thousand comments)
A round face or an oval-shaped face – which is better? Traditionally, the ideal face shape for Chinese people is an oval face with a pointed chin. On Weibo, the debate rages with users trying to prove that the traditional standard is wrong using emoticons and pictures of animals.
#2: The young Xi and Ma look just like South Korean stars
(420 million views; 204 thousand comments)
While news outlets across the world are discussing the political significance of the first meeting between the Chinese and Taiwanese leaders since the end of the civil war in 1949, a Taiwanese news channel instead chose to focus on the fact that the two leaders used to look just like two popular Korean stars.
#1: Chinese supermodels enter Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show
(1.13 billion views; 390 thousand comments)
Two Chinese supermodels, He Sui and Xi Mengyao strutted the catwalk as part of the 2015 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in New York on Tuesday, proving that Chinese beauty has made it into the international mainstream. Chinese Internet users rushed to watch the show online, and Sina Fashion posted live updates on Weibo from backstage.