What’s hot on Chinese social media this week

1. Kobe Bryant

To fake fans: tell me which one is Kobe. Photo from WeChat official account Qunide.
To fake fans: tell me which one is Kobe. Photo from WeChat official account Qunide.

This week, Kobe Bryant scored 60 points in his final game, ending his 20-year career with the Lakers. His fans in China give him a hero’s send off by posting to express gratitude for all the good memories. Something unexpected occurred. In a screenshot from someone’s WeChat Moments, someone posted about Kobe, saying: “Farewell. R.I.P. Hope there is no pain in heaven.”

Netizens all replied: “Wtf??! Kobe is not dead, dude!” Other netizens mocked fake fans by posting photos of other basketball players and saying “farewell Kobe”.

The person who said R.I.P explained that he thought Kobe died...
The person who said R.I.P explained that he thought Kobe died…

2. This week, 90% of netizens on WeChat and Weibo are talking about capsizing boats

Cartoon by 喃东尼
When one loses weight and the other doesn’t, the boat of friendship flips. Cartoon by 喃东尼

A cartoon titled “The boat of friendship capsizes in a flash” flooded China’s largest social network Wechat. Drawn by a cartoonist named @喃东尼 on Weibo, this cartoon makes fun of friendship.

In the cartoon, two chubby penguins sit on both sides of a little boat called “the boat of friendship”, acting out several scenarios under which this boat can capsize. First, when one of them loses weight; second, when one is eating snacks and doesn’t share with the other; third, when one of them has his girlfriend sitting beside him.

It may have originated from the sitcom Friends, in which a conversation goes: “What’s the one kind of boat that can never, ever sink? “Friendship.”

The original cartoon has been adapted for people in different walks of life. Here is one for journalists. If you have a journalist friend, your boat of friendship might capsize if you ask her out for dinner and she refuses because she has to report breaking news. Then you ask her out for dinner the next day and she refuses because an assignment is due. You think she would be available on weekends, but she tells you she has scheduled an interview during the weekend. How true.

When one of them got a girl friend, the boat of friendship flipped.
When one of them has a girl friend, the boat of friendship flips.
A netizen photoshopped this picture for two many boats of friendship flipped these days. LOL!
A netizen photoshopped this picture for two many boats of friendship flipped these days. LOL!

3. Buddhist temple builds robot

Photo from www.peoplearts.cn
The robot monk Xian’er. Photo from http://www.peoplearts.cn

“What did you have for lunch?” “Robots don’t have to eat, don’t you know that?”

“My wife always loses her temper, what should I do?” “You can only live with it. You know that I can’t tell you to get a divorce.”

“Life sucks so much that I don’t want to live anymore.” “You are not the only one that feels that way.”
(credit to Coollabs)

These are conversations between someone and a robot. The robot is a novice monk named Xian’er, made by a temple in China.

Longquan Temple, located on the outskirts of Beijing, is famous for the academic achievements of its monk. Just to name a few, one has a PhD at the Institute of Biophysics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, another has a PhD in nuclear energy and thermal energy from Tsinghua University, and yet another is a gold medal winner in the International Mathematical Olympiad.

This robot is the fruit of the cutting-edge IT team at the temple. It’s making efforts to connect the public to Buddhism using modern means of communication. The temple not only has an animation center, which created the design for Xian’er, but also its website and Weibo account.

The cartoon Xian'er.
The cartoon Xian’er. Photo from V.game.sohu.com.

4. He ain’t no critic, but this guy got famous by making comments

I have more screenshots from other WeChat offical accounts...
Screenshot from WeChat official account SVS-007

A guy named Zhou Hetai is rising as a hot WeChat influencer.

On subscription accounts in WeChat, there is a page where people can write to the account. There is a function where the editor can choose comments from readers to display at the bottom. Zhou’s comments always appear on the wall of comments of popular WeChat accounts like Huxiu, People’s Daily, Yitiao, etc.

Newrank, a new media content ranking platform, found out that he has registered three accounts with the same name, in order to make more comments. So, is he doing this for fun, or is he after the fame?

HUXIU
Screenshot from tech media platform Huxiu’s WeChat official account.
IF
Screenshot from IF.

5. Yuanmingyuan gets rebuilt in Minecraft!

Photo from Coollabs.
Photo from Coollabs.

Yuanmingyuan, the old summer palace in Beijing that was famously destroyed by the Allied Forces in 1860, has been rebuilt by a team of Chinese gamers in Minecraft.

Minecraft is a video game where gamers can build anything they want using blocks. This video, which took 14 months to make, is the latest Minecraft project from the team at EpicWork.

EpicWork, founded in 2012, is a team of over 100 gamers that come together to build splendid ancient Chinese buildings on Minecraft. Team members vary from people in their thirties to junior school students. Some of them are painters and video producers. This team has squads in charge of composition and post processing.

(Top photo from www.liuyangshi.cn)

AllTechAsia Staff

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