10 Biggest Buzz in China 2012

 

Top ten buzzes are Gangnam Style, Aircraft-carrier style, Mo Yan, Mayan apocalypse, Xinjiang nut cake, Watch Uncle, Lei Zhengfu, The Voice of China,, Diao Yu Island,Rainstorm in Beijing.

 

Most Popular Buzz: Gangnam Style

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Chinese Gangnam Style

Chinese Gangnam Style

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PSY got popular all over the world with his Gangnam Style. So is China. Countless people from all walks of life, students, housewives, policemen and even officials dance the Gangnam style everywhere school, disco, office and so on.

 

Most Patriotic Buzz: Aircraft-carrier style

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aircraft carrier style

aircraft carrier style

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Gangnam style even influences Chinese patriots. The way they celebrate the service of the first Chinese aircraft carrier is a little bit unexpected. They invent an “Aircraft-carrier style” and imitate it.

 

Most Proud Buzz: Mo Yan

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Mo Yan

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As the first Chinese from mainland to win Nobel Prize, Mo Yan became a household name over one night. What also increase with his popularity are the sales of his books. It has increased 1000% and those books with his signature also witness a steep rise in price. Some of them even cost over ¥180,000.

 

Biggest Lie: Mayan apocalypse

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Mayan apocalypse campaign.

Mayan apocalypse has already been proven many people an international joke. Most people in China don’t take it seriously. Those who take it seriously are businessmen. An illuminating equipment producer makes a buzz about how a girl does her preparation for the apocalypse in a forest; online shoppers sell “apocalypse” kit; somebody has even sold over 13,000 tickets for Noah’s Ark for only 20 RMB…

 

Most Expansive: Xinjiang nut cake

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xinjiang nut cake

Xinjiang Nut Cake

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At the beginning of December, a villager in Hu Nan went to buy a piece of Xinjiang nut cake and the ethnic Uyghurs who sell the cake put an extremely high price. What’s more, the local police intervened aggressively in favor of the Uyghurs, announcing that Xinjiang nut cakes of a total worth of about RMB 160,000, around $25,000, were destroyed. To put that in context, the average annual salary in Xinjiang in 2011 was apparently $703. Then the unreasonable price of the nut cake became the most popular materials for jokes for Netizens since then.
As some netizens point out that “those limo collectors are poor, real rich people collect watches and super riches collect ‘Xinjiang nut cake.’ ”

 

Most Corrupted Uncle: Watch Uncle

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Watch Uncle.

The ”Watch Uncle” is Shaanxi Provincial Work Safety Administration Chief Yang Dacai who became infamous for smiling at the scene of a terrible road accident that killed 36. And later, Netizens found photos of Yang wearing various luxury watches—many more than he could afford with his public salary.

 

Most Impotent Corrupted Official: Lei Zhengfu

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Lei Zhengfu buzz.

A number of pictures that show a man and a woman having sex in a hotel room have been viral on Chinese social media. An insider says these are the screen grabs of a sex video of Lei Zhengfu, the party boss of Chongqing’s Beibei District, having sex with his 18-year-old mistress he had been keeping for a long time. What also has been discovered is that Lei finished sex in only 12 seconds which has been made joke of by millions of Weibo users.

 

The Buzz Sounds Best: China Voice

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The Voice of China

The Voice of China

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“The Voice of China”, China’s adaptation of a Dutch reality talent show, sees its hopeful contestants going through a blind audition, with four celebrity judges/coaches picking their teams of singers who will then go on to compete for a recording contract and a highly publicized concert performance.
The show turned out to be an unexpected success, especially at a time when the TV market is basically oversaturated due to the large numbers of reality talent shows similar to western programs that are coming to viewers on a daily basis, like “American Idol,” “X-Factor” and “You’ve Got Talent.”

 

Most Tense Buzz: Diao Yu Island

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After the Japanese government signed the contract on the purchase of Diaoyu Islands with Kurihara family whom the Japanese side called “the private owner”, Chinese netizens and government clearly showed their anger at this dispute.

 

Wettest Buzz: Rainstorm in Beijing

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The worst rainstorm hit Beijing in July and caused 77 deaths. Netizens not only show their care about the victims but also show their humor in it. Some netizens joke that now Beijing has already become a coastal city so we can enjoy the seascape just here.