Candied Fruit Beauty: Street Peddler Becomes Famous


From Sina:

The internet’s latest celebrity: Documentary portraits of the “Tanghulu Xi Shi”

“Tanghulu Xi Shi” [“Sugarcoated Haws Beauty” or “Candied Fruit Beauty”] has become famous at the Jiaotong University campus. She was the subject that everyone had to discuss every day on Jiatong University’s BBS. Why was she famous? Actually, there’s no need to discuss this question on the internet, just go take a look and you will understand, “because her youth, sunshine, and person has a kind of beautiful character that is different from the peddlers one usually sees”.  A youth, pretty, fashionable girl, selling candied fruit. In less than one year, this girl named Kang Xiaohan (康晓菡) quickly became famous throughout Xian’s Jiaotong University, and was nicknamed “Tanghulu Xi Shi” by the male students.

Recently, I went to the sidewalk on the west side of Xian Jiaotong University’s south entrance, to take a bunch of documentary photos of Kang Xiaohan. The candied fruit Little Kang sells are all freshly made-to-order, and you can see how she makes them. Young pretty “Tanghulu Xi Shi” Little Kang  loves life and fashion, and has earned the approval/endorsement of the university students her age. University students passing by will warmly greet her, and she has made many university student friends. Young Little Kang likes to dress up like other people her age, is also very fashionable, and listens to downloaded songs on her mobile phone when she isn’t busy.





This story is similar to the story of the pretty girl working on a Shanghai bus.

Comments from Sina:


She really does look very likable, if I ran into her unprepared, I would really buy one or two just because of her [appearance].


For university students to carve out a career, one really needs to have some intelligence and appearance, two things becoming one.
Xian’s cold noodles are already famous, will candied fruits become more famous after today?…


emoticons|E___7307ZHMGSIB|哇emoticons|E___6007ZHMGSIB|开心emoticons|E___6007ZHMGSIB|开心May this hardworking sister’s business explode!


Many things are actually very beautiful.


Men’s hobbies are girls, I refuse to believe that there is no one prettier throughout all of Jiaotong University than someone selling candied fruits, [they] truly have nothing better to do, intentionally creating hype. emoticons|E___6574ZHQTSIB|路过


Who cares if it is hype…[she is] still better/more impressive than those girls who are [given money monthly to be the mistress of rich men]!~


Real or fake it is just another thing to talk and laugh about. What we are eating are just candied fruits, don’t hurt your studies just to look at people…


Be careful of the chengguan coming.emoticons|E___7176ZH02SIB|抽烟


Those who can stay low-key are the ones who are truly high-class.


What can you do, the internet needs to have someone [to talk about].emoticons|E___6240ZHWGSIB|是的


See also: “‘Candy Haws Beauty’ made Popular via Chinese Internet” (ChinaHush)

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Written by Fauna

Fauna is a mysterious young Shanghainese girl who lives in the only place a Shanghainese person would ever want to live: Shanghai. In mid-2008, she started chinaSMACK to combine her hobby of browsing Chinese internet forums with her goal of improving her English. Through her tireless translation of popular Chinese internet news and phenomenon, her English has apparently gotten dramatically better. At least, reading and writing-wise. Unfortunately, she's still not confident enough to have written this bio, about herself, by herself.


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