Chinese Girl Spins 4 Hours Nonstop for Spring Festival Gala

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Wei Caiqi, a 15-year-old girl, the niece of famous Chinese dancer Yang Liping , became very popular after performing as “Time Girl” at the 2014 Spring Festival Gala several nights ago. Her four hours of nonstop spinning, rotating in a circle, not only stunned the audience but also incited public controversy. She was widely discussed on leading Chinese microblogging platform Sina Weibo…

From Sina Weibo:

@央视新闻: #Spring Festival Gala# Twirling for 4 Consecutive Hours, Click Upvote for Her! — Starting from now, up until the clock tolls 12 midnight. Xiao Caiqi [nickname of Wei Caiqi which means “little colorful flag”] will spin for 4 consecutive hours, until the clock tolls 12 midnight, where she will stop rotating and welcome the new [lunar] year with good fortune! Hurry and give her an upvote! [good] [This microblog post was published at 8:25pm on January 30th and currently remains among the top 10 most popular posts of the week.]

@思想聚焦: Why was there such a ridiculous program [performance]?!!!!! Although we like Xiao Caiqi, we absolutely do not approve of such a pointless [performance]. Xiao Caiqi is a person, not a machine, nor was the camera pointed at her all the time either. Twirling for several hours, was it for a Guinness Record? [I] Reject this kind of abusive “art”! Those in agreement, please forward/reshare [this post]!

@刘胜军改革: A 15-year-old girl spinning there [on the stage] for four hours, to this I can only say it is sick, a perversion of values, a projection of GDP-ism.

蒋胜男: Alright then, looking over old blogs, Xiao Caiqi has been twirling like this on tour many times, so don’t make a big deal about it as if some child was abused last night. She’s liked spinning ever since she was little, and has a different sense of equilibrium than you people, treating spinning around as a game, a challenge, as self-cultivation [the process of training and exercise to reach some kind of ideal asceticism].

@的灰: I see a lot of people questioning the meaning/point of Xiao Caiqi’s spinning… Before I myself watched The Peacock [a dance drama by Yang Liping in which Caiqi was twirling for the entire show], I also thought this setting [the role of ‘time girl’ that Xiao Caiqi played in CCTV Gala] was a little boring/pointless, but from the perspective of being present in the live audience, the effect is quite stunning. The little girl’s powerful aura, her exquisite performance, manifested the steady, solemn, somewhat melancholic passing of time, the aesthetic feeling unforgettable even now. The only thing to blame is the poor broadcast direction of the Spring Festival Gala, giving her so too little screen time, without showing the details of her expression and body movements at all. What more, the most splendid part, the ending pose, was cut out.

@果壳问答: How Many Circles Did Xiao Caiqi Twirl During the Spring Festival Gala? — Revolucion: At around 9 o’clock, her spinning speed was about one rotation per 1.7 seconds, while during the last phase, she twirled very fast, about one circle per 0.76 seconds. If we assume that she uniformly accelerated from 1.7 seconds to 0.76 seconds, then the average speed was 0.95 seconds per circle. Calculated this way, she twirled more than 15,000 circles. If the moon spun this many times, it would have moved from The Tang dynasty Zhenyuan period to the present.

From Youku:

Comments from Sina Weibo:

imYen小姐:

They didn’t even introduce her at the end of the Spring Festival Gala.

Lwb_monster:

Actually, it’s not like she was forced to twirl…This is their family’s unique skill.

红军之恋2000:

The Spring Festival Gala has risen to the level of a national project, but we don’t want to see such national projects like this! A return to nature, return to rationality and simplicity is what should be done!

闪耀星空YYG:

Meaningless/pointless.

爱转身微笑:

What does this have to do with GDP? [You] do not understand how to respect others.

灰灰十八岁_:

Dancing and spinning happen to be Xiao Caiqi’s livelihood, and there is nothing wrong with relying on one’s own abilities for a living! This is the value of the market, just like how the value of an acrobat’s existence is being able to do some shocking actions, and if there weren’t a platform like this, how are they supposed to make a living?

zoe271828:

This is Sufi Whirling, originating from Turkey, a kind of religious dance. Dancers twirling is a form of meditation, where after spinning a number of circles they can reach a meditative state without becoming dizzy. Moreover, most of people who learn dancing know that the key to spinning without becoming dizzy is to find a fixed point. By staring at this point when twirling, you won’t feel dizzy but this still needs a lot of time to practice.

小猪天上飘:

Ballet/dances after all face the theater’s audience. The audience can see the entire stage, can understand the story the dance is narrating, can enjoy the artistry of the dancing. But the Spring Festival Gala is rebroadcasted on television, so having a girl silently twirling for four hours, the audience [in front of TVs] don’t see her 90% of the time and don’t know what she is about.

路途中的行者:

I always thought that [Xiao Caiqi] was a puppet.

传说中的-世界:

Cruel, perverse, pointless!

峤枫KAeDe微博达人:

I really want to know how much electrical energy Xiao Caiqi generated during those four hours?

白菜1208微博达人:

Xiao Caiqi, thank you for your hard work in maintaining the electrical power throughout the entire Gala. I on behalf of people across the country thank you.

芸芸坏小孩:

This is Teacher Yang Liping’s niece. She plays the part of ‘Time’ during Teacher Yang’s musicals, where she spins nonstop.

What do you think? Is this pointless or is there artistry in such a performance?

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  • ESL Ninja

    So this is what passes for entertainment here in China…

  • ESL Ninja

    I think it is kind of sad that a large part of the Chinese New Year tradition involves people watching the shittest TV show ever made for hours, and then watching repeats and ‘highlights’ over the following weeks.

    • Cameron

      To be fair, I’d hardly call it a large part compared to say seeing family you dont see throughout the year, friends who only come back to your city at Spring Festival, eating, drinking, playing games together/ktv etc,fireworks, hong bao, going shopping for new clothes etc

      • ESL Ninja

        There were no fireworks in my city this year (Wuhan) :(

        • Jahar

          I saw some.

          • the ace of books

            They didn’t actually exist, but you saw them anyway…

          • Jahar

            Nah, there were some. I don’t know why they just cant put on a fireworks show over the river, like the cgi one they show on the tvs on the subways.

          • the ace of books

            They did that when I was in Guangzhou for the New Year back in ’08. Excellent display, weird new year since I was visiting with foreign friends and no one really knew what was going on.

        • moldavidian

          The government was supposed to ban fireworks in several major cities starting this year. I wish they would ban them in Qingdao. The air here is already much too dirty.

    • the ace of books

      Putting aside the “It’s their culture!” arguement, I do have to agree that it’s sad for the TV to be the center of a family’s family holiday. OTOH, how many rewatchings of It’s A Wonderful Life or Miracle On Thirty-Fourth Street are, by hte same coin, pathetic as well? I think the moment you substitute the boob tube for family is the moment things get sad.

      • ESL Ninja

        I don’t know the 34th Street movie but I have to admit that It’s a Wonderful Life is a great Christmas movie and should be experienced by everyone at least once…

        • the ace of books

          I’ve not seen it. I guess I should, but it’s like the Superbowl – I just don’t care enough to devote my time to it…

      • Gordon Gogodancer

        The thing is that it’s NOT their culture…its just a bunch of peasants who thought it would be smart to do something like that.

        • the ace of books

          Ehn, “culture” and “tradition” are happy to accept something if it’s spectacular enough and done enough years in a row. The CCTV Gala’s been going on since 1983, so that’s long enough for people to miss it if it were gone.

    • Chris McKenna

      Agreed, but it’s no worse than say the X-factor. The thing is that is that they know the whole family will be watching and so they have to come up with something that everyone can watch. Which leaves them with a sort of grey sludge of a show.

      Moreover they need a show that people can watch little bits of rather than having a long narrative as people will be coming in and out of houses and doing stuff with family. They need some things you can watch but not be engaged in so much that you don’t go visit grandma.

      It’s dull – yes. But it does what it’s intended to do.

  • Mateusz82

    If Chinese want to complain about soft power, and how Chinese people watch Sherlock, Walking Dead, Game Of Thrones, Community… any Western TV show they can download, yet people overseas don’t really clamor for the Chinese shows… I think I know who they can blame.

    • the ace of books

      You know Chinese people who watch Community? I was never so lucky – everyone in Harbin was watching Big Bang Theory.

      • David

        My Chinese friends all watch Sherlock, Game of Thrones, Modern Family and Big Bang (I have never watched the last two shows) as well as Korean comedies.

      • Mateusz82

        Well, I only know one Chinese person, but she mentioned there were fan subs, so there should be more. I’d imagine it’s even more cult here than back in the US.

        Heh, I can’t believe I forgot Big Bang… that’s almost more popular in China than the US. I don’t mind Big Bang, though, the canned laughter got annoying.

    • Chao Fan

      lol another foreigner trying to pretend he is a China expert.
      let me tell you, most ppl in China dont give a shit about foreign TV shows, How can a foreigner enjoy watching something like China historical drama without proper education of CHinese history? 5000 years history is too much for most foreign brains imo.
      the reason of those CHinese become friend with you is they are interested in foreign things, that explains why they watch foreign TVs. for me, I love a good CHina historical TV show better than anything else in this world.

      • Mateusz82

        I can’t tell if you’re a genuine bigot, if you’re satirizing Chinese bigotry, or just a troll.

        Intentionally or unintentionally, at least you gave me a good laugh.

  • ex-expat

    God is that show stupid. A complete waste of time…傻逼!

  • Middle_Kingdum

    Need the SOFA . . BLARFFFFF

  • Tamil Tiger

    Stupidity to the max.

  • markus peg

    Now she has to spin for 4 hours the other direction….

    • Mateusz82

      The dancers at the Australian gala do that.

      • A Gawd Dang Mongolian

        I’m sure they don’t eat before the show then. Unless they want to dazzle spectators with a spinning spray of Technicolor Yawn.

  • Rick in China

    I really want to know who came up with this idea. Think of it. Some “creative director” of a money-wasting program meant for a billion or so people, and someone said, “HEY! Lets make someone spin for 4 hours.” And said director said “YES! What a grand idea.”.

    The inanity of it all, seriously, what the fuck. Spin for 4 hours? WHAT THE FUCK. I pity the girl who was trained to spin for 4 hours.

    • mr.wiener

      It is hard to see the point of this.

    • Zappa Frank

      For what I’ve seen in some biennials of art shows it’s not worse than what even western artists do… The cunning artists usually don’t give a name to their job, don’t give explanation and say that you have to…easy for them, if you don’t find anything than it is a your lack. When you read the title and the explanation of the few artists that did it you would remain astonished by the stupidity of their meaning…
      I still remember a paint of a Maria that in her eyes, crying, was reflecting the world’s countries, except Australia. Unlucky this paint has the explanation in a label below, and it said that the countries reflected are the countries that joint wars (and than made to cry the poor Maria), it said that there wasn’t Australia because “Australia did not join any war” (sic) and it ended saying something like good job Australia. Not only the paint was stupid, but even with a history mistake, and quite big… But without an explanation I would be still here to puzzle myself to try to find an interpretation of something that in the end was just stupid, and maybe I would value it more…. And I wonder how many times this happen

      • Rick in China

        At least they pretentiously pretend to have some depth in their meaning, I’d seriously guess this explanation is.. “what, meaning? dude, she’s spinning for 4 hours!”

  • ESL Ninja

    You are right, the fact that it is shit makes it shit.

    • legendofnobody

      No, sir. because shit sees everything else as shit.

  • ESL Ninja

    There is usually loads to watch during Christmas; Christmas specials, movies, sports as well as gala type events that are actually usually quite watchable. Besides, Christmas isn’t really about sitting down and watching TV, most people I know will play games or do this thing called ‘making conversation’.

    • the ace of books

      Christmas in the East is bizarre and confusing at best. But, well, that’s what happens when you cherry-pick cultural bits without context.

    • Mateusz82

      But it’s not Christmas without Home Alone (and/or Die Hard).

  • mr.wiener

    Just thinking what is more stupid , twerking or spinning? At least a lot of anguish and print ink will not be wasted over the spinning, on the other hand , twerking an expression of soft power…?
    You decide.

    • ESL Ninja

      I think we can worry about that when our governments decide to showcase a 4 hour twerkathon on a Christmas/New Year gala…

    • the ace of books

      I think it’s more irritating that the spinning is completely divorced from context. It’s not even dervish-spinning anymore, which has a point. Instead, she’s … spinning in the New Year? Or something? I mean, if she did it every year and it was an Olde Grande Tradition sure, but like this?

  • ESL Ninja

    REVOLUTION!

  • the ace of books

    Interesting for the live audience, but unless the TV audience is constantly reminded of her (and, though I haven’t watched the Gala, somehow I don’t think they were), they won’t even know about her, and she’ll just be another Momentary Attraction, as opposed to the Symbolism she’s supposed to be laden with. Which fact actually undercuts the Symbolism and makes it pointless.

    On a related note — why’s she doing dervish-swirling? That’s not a Chinese art, and I’m surprised they’d include it in the Gala. Rendered even more curious by the lack of explanation to the audience.

    All in all, just a rather bemusing inclusion.

  • the ace of books

    Also:

    You spin me right round, baby
    Right round like a record, baby
    Right round round round
    You spin me right round, baby
    Right round like a record, baby
    Right round round round
    You spin me right round, baby
    Right round like a record, baby
    Right round round round
    You spin me right round, baby
    Right round like a record, baby
    Right round round round
    You spin me right round, baby
    Right round like a record, baby
    Right round round round
    You spin me right round, baby
    Right round like a record, baby
    Right round round round

    etc etc.

    • Gordon Gogodancer

      i felt dizzy reading that

    • mr.wiener

      You were an 80’s chick definitely.

      • the ace of books

        I was a kid in the late 80’s, so I guess that counts? We used to do gymnastics warm-ups to 80’s music, too. I used to wonder at the meaning of the lyrics and construct elaborate storylines to match the described situations. Imagine my disappointment to find out they all turned out to be about love and boring grownup stuff like that!

  • http://yoursexycousinrex.tumblr.com/ Your Sexy Cousin Rex

    At least she didn’t twerk for 4 hours

    • jack

      this is so hahaha

  • Surfeit

    She’s already know to showbiz circles. She’s a relative of a famous dancer.

  • Surfeit

    Just to clear some things up, she’s relatively famous in China compared to some of the views expressed here. She’s been on shows before, and her aunt is known for popularising the ‘Peacock Dance’. Something she also performed with her aunt during the Gala. (Famous by proxy? I’m not sure exactly.) Anyway she’s now associated with Yunnan’s traditional dance, and the Chinese audience seem to be taken by it. Thus, onwards and upwards for this girl.

    Meaningless spinning? That’s subjective.

    The continuation was supposed to be a representation of time passing throughout the year. The background and lighting took her through the seasons. It was a symbolic theme for the show; The end of a full year.

    Personally, I think it shows great endurance and discipline on her behalf as a professional. I don’t find it entreating though, so I see why people don’t dig it.

  • loki

    yeah yeah … girl spinning…. why not bring up the fucking horrible lip syncing, or the whole french girl trying to hold the fat chinese man’s hand and the fat guy’s face of pure disgust and then he decides to hold her wrist during the whole song.. and even hides her hand behind his back at one point…

    How about some English subtitles (the show is prerecorded anyhow)…

    or the saddest showing of Jackie Chan ever (I wouldn’t be surprised if he kills himself after that sad sad bit). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZAMMSe-vwEQ

    all in all this huge budget huge viewer turn out the pride of the country and it looked like a high school play (with a tweeked out girl off to the side)

    • Sam

      My friend has been on the Gala twice and I can absolutely guarantee that show is completely live.

    • loki

      oh I completely forgot to mention that horrible attempt at speaking chinese by the french chick. I was yelling at the T.V. begging for her to just stop, . every word out of her mouth was painful and the host lady was even making fun of her…. You can tell how forced that was, she sounded like she practiced the words for 20 minutes before she went on. Pretty much made every laowai look like a monkey screwing a football… I have had farts that spoke better chinese….

      • linette lee

        hahahhahah…lol.

        What can I tell you. Chinese New Year is the biggest fxcking holiday for Chinese. hahaha..lol. How many dragons did you bump into this weekend? Did you get any red envelopes?

        http://hp84.hostpapa.com/~liany196/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/lions-yard1.jpg

        • KamikaziPilot

          I remember in elementary school this Filipino kid had a dragon costume like that and I was chosen to be the other person to help him go around the school and do the dragon dance. Then some stupid kid kicked the dragon head breaking it and the filipino kid was crying. I don’t remember getting any red envelopes though.

          • linette lee

            Kids are so mean aren’t they? So mean. Dancing dragons are cute aren’t they? Japan celebrate Lunar New Year too like us on the same day 1/31/14? How about Philippine?
            Do the Philippine celebrate Lunar New year too?

          • KamikaziPilot

            Yes kids can be so mean. Were you a mean kid? I think you were. I think Japan celebrates the calendar year more than the lunar year, although some probably celebrate both, the Philippines I’m not sure.

          • linette lee

            I was a quiet kid. I didn’t bother nobody. ;)

      • Chao Fan

        I really found a lot of foreigners in China have serious inferiority complex, you have to complain all the time about sth you know very little abt. I know it is sad to live in a foreign country and being treated as a foreigner, but come on..

  • Dark Night

    …and is immediately followed by 4 hours of puking all over the place.

  • diverdude7

    such a cute girl… you would think the ‘adults’ in charge of that production would be able to discern the difference between idiotic and entertaining.

    • Gordon Gogodancer

      that’s where your getting it wrong mister..THIS! IS! TCHAI-NAAAAAAAA!!!

      • diverdude7

        yep. 2000 years of relatively cohesive society and this is what they have to show for it? extreme pollution, poverty, societal disharmony, over-population, and coercing a cute little girl into spinning around like an idiot for four hours. good job our mongoloid co-inhabitants.

  • http://www.matthewsawtell.com/ Matthew A. Sawtell

    So… were the folks from the Guinness Book there or not?

  • A Gawd Dang Mongolian

    …and promptly throws up.

  • Gordon Gogodancer

    Chinese girl spins for 4 hours, dies, declared national hero of the people, netizens skeptic

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  • moldavidian

    In other news, American actor Philip Seymour Hoffman dies of drug overdose. Chinese netizens react? (crickets chirping…)

    • niggaplz

      so why do so many successful Hollywooders do drugs?

  • moldavidian

    In other news, prominent American actor Philip Seymour Hoffman dies of drug overdose. Chinese netizens react? (crickets chirping…)

  • whuddyasack

    For many, this is mundane, even pointless. For others, it is extremely artistic and meaningful. However what’s undeniable is this girl deserves a medal for her discipline, balance, skill and patience to endure 4 hours of repetition.

  • KamikaziPilot

    Seriously speaking that can’t be good for your health. I feel nauseous just turning 5 times. I wonder if she’ll feel any ill effects later.

  • Guest

    Hook her up to a generator with a belt. She’s producing enough torque to power a few light bulbs and a mini-fridge.

  • hehehehh

    and i bet 0 fucks were given..

    they could have done it with a big screen and a video loop and no one would find the difference.

  • Perseus Wong

    Wrap her with magnets and let her spin inside a coil. 4 hours of steady spinning is enough to power a couple of light bulbs, computer and a mini fridge.

    • North-eastern

      Why are we not funding on this???????

  • YourSupremeCommander

    Parent A: My child holds the world record for the 100M sprint.
    Parent B: My child has won 6 Olympic gold medals.
    Parent C: My child invented a vaccine to cure AIDS.
    Parent D: My child can spin on a stage for FOUR hours straight! FOUR!!!

    …..
    …..
    …..
    …..
    …..

    Akward silence…. followed by giggles.

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  • mattman183

    Are you left or right-brained? My results said I was brainwashed….

  • linette lee

    That is her name. ROTCH 2? I remember watching her with Louis Koo and I love her. She is the most beautiful 小龍女. Prettier than her.

    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-IKter6SmfRo/US2pwgt8gnI/AAAAAAAACWw/hpZWm1APGlc/s1600/7.jpg

    小龍女 is one of the most famous classic character in Chinese novel. They need to find someone who looks like a angel to portray her.

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  • linette lee

    A lot of Chinese people look Eurasian, but they are 100% Chinese. A lot of Japanese look Eurasian too, but are 100% Japanese.

    • Zappa Frank

      A few japs may look more Eurasian, a tiny bit, and even have a lot of body hair eventually, maybe due to Ainu or jomon ancestors … I’ve never seen Chinese that look Eurasian, except uyghurs that are Eurasians… Maybe we have a different perception of what is Eurasian.

      • linette lee

        Chinese looking Eurasian maybe not your blue eyes or bigger nose feature. Usually maybe they mean this person doesn’t look mongoloid at all, can be some kind of mixed blood like Carmen Lee.
        http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_me2zmmKu1z1qk5azjo1_1280.jpg

        • Zappa Frank

          maybe we have a different vision of what is an eurasian. Carmen lee to me seems a chinese, maybe she has uncommon features, but sure she doesn’t look an eurasian. Take a look at some real eurasian like Kristin Kreuk and you will see that the difference is huge. Carmen lee still have broad large face, small slated eyes, and so on..

  • mr.wiener

    can I quote you on that when China’s economy tanks?
    Good luck finding your genetic match sir.

  • mr.wiener

    but apparently you didn’t invent twerking.

  • mr.wiener

    ….and it was all thanks to you!

  • Mateusz82

    Alright. You are a troll.

    Also, Chinese isn’t a race… China itself acknowledges that there are multiple ethnic groups (some of them white) who are Chinese.

    • GREAT

      Ethnicity isn’t race, either.

  • Mateusz82

    So, Mongolians, armed with Chinese paper, managed to kill all knights with paper cuts? Those sneaky Mongols.

    I guess you also explained the “Made In China” tag on the planet Earth (that also explains the lead poisoning you get from living here).

  • Zappa Frank

    i welcome our new overlords.. please make use and abuse of us..

  • North-eastern

    T.I.C = This is China.

    Funny, you can’t ammuse people by telling funny jokes, but by making stupid faces, dropping on the floor for no reason and by copying Dolphin’s Voice (Vitas).

    Bravo!!!

    • GREAT

      Funny jokes and stories are included in xiangsheng. Every year, xiangsheng are included in spring galas.

  • don mario

    has nobody thought of the obvious? the dress is pretty long.. with good reason! it is hiding some kind of spinning device! that is how she can do it so easily. FAKE!

    • North-eastern

      It’s obvious that you didn’t see the video or the images above. You can clearly see her legs while she’s spinning.

      • don mario

        yea i was just having a laugh. even if it was fake it would still be impressive because you would still feel sick

  • ESL Ninja

    what a cunt. You give Chinese people a bad name. p.s. Chinese tv is wank and your history is boring, no-one gives a fuck about it and no-one should; half the reason your country is such a mess is because you are so obsessed with your history.

  • Arendelle

    Did she gain Guinness record by this?

  • Charles_Dilkes

    Except Han Chinese don’t have the highest IQ in the world. Ashkenazi Jews do – by quite a large margin. Northern Han Chinese have an IQ slightly higher than the average European by a couple of points, but the mean is lowered when including Southern Han, who have a slightly lower IQ than their northern counterparts.

    Lastly, east Asian IQs tend to gravitate around the mean – i.e. there’s less low IQ individuals than their European counterparts, but conversely there are far more higher IQ Europeans than than east Asians per capita.

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