Brother Sharp: Beggar Hailed Most Handsome, Fashionable

Brother Sharp, hailed by Chinese netizens as the most handsome beggar

From QQ:

Fashionable beggar becomes famous online, encounters human flesh search

“Those sad eyes/that sad expression, the sad mustache, the miraculous godly hair, and that messy hair, all of it has deeply captivated me.” …Recently, a very hot/popular beggar post has become famous on the internet, the post narrating what netizens have hailed as “The Ultimate Gorgeous #1 Passerby Handsome Guy” beggar. Owing to his unconventional, nondescript appearance as well as his original “mashup”, netizens have begun following him, even “human flesh searching” him.

Brother Sharp, a beggar in Ningbo that has become famous on the Chinese language internet for his fashionable trendy look

Tianya calls him “犀利哥”, xīlì gē, “Brother Sharp” or “Sharp Brother”.

It can also translate to “Brother Penetrating” or “Penetrating Brother” … but…

Comments from Tianya:


Ding…one handsome guy…
Look at him wrinkle his brow…nothing needs to be said…sexy…


Wow, he is really handsome~~how did he sink to living on the streets??
Call for a human flesh search!


I heard that many beggars are guilty of a major crime running from the law, becoming beggars to conceal their identity. If this guy is unfortunately one of them, and his photograph is posted on the internet, will he be in danger?


Brother Sharp
go pursue a career in Japan.

Let those
girly men
a melancholy man.


China truly has innumerable handsome guys, Brother Sharp, you are truly too handsome.


So handsome, except he seems to be a little short,
as expected no one is perfect.
Cups fluttering by…


He doesn’t really look like a beggar, more like a vagabond. The quality of this person’s tops are all not bad, a down jacket, cotton jacket, even a leather jacket inside, and though they’re a bit dirty, they’re all in good condition, not the kind that beggars find from the trash.

That photo of him walking is indeed very handsome, very Japanese or Korean [style]. And some are like a Hong Kong actor.


So “man” [manly], so cool…
Except…except I still have a little psychological reservation against dirty men…so…please be sure to…wash yourself clean and make yourself presentable before going out!!!


That frowning look…
Ai yo! My little heart!
Really so handsome!


Beg a talent scout to go find him [to become an actor]…for the benefit of the masses.

One netizen created a photoshop and others have posted other pictures of “fashionable” beggars:

Photoshop of Brother Sharp on a fake fashion magazine coverFashionable Chinese beggars

Trendy beggars. chinaSMACK personals.

From Tianyi123:

Ningbo’s Handsome Guy Beggar is just a poor/pitiful guy

Many netizens have sent me messages asking me to verify whether that latest famous handsome guy begger is really a beggar. Here I will testify that it can be said that he is.

Long ago in 2008 I encountered him. Most people who see him will avoid him, treating him as a beggar and the link, but actually this is not accurate. 乞丐 [qǐgài “beggar”] in our country’s ancient words first appeared as a monosyllabic word. The meaning of 乞 [qǐ] in the golden texts was “to beg”. But he does not beg, nor does he know how to beg, because he has psychological problems (in Ningbo they call it “great fog sickness”). They do not have an identity, they do not have family, they’ve even forgotten who they are. They are a group of people abandoned by society, and their final outcome is to die without anyone inquiring about them. They wander in the space between humans and animals. Help them a bit and they become humans, ignore them and they are animals.

He once said this to me: “Find a girl to love me.”

Chinese beggar wearing woman's dress smoking sitting at side of the road

When I first met him, he was picking up discarded cigarettes to smoke again. I asked him: Hungry? He said: Hungry. I again asked: Here’s 10 yuan, do you know how to go buy something to eat by yourself? (I wanted to test his ability to take care of himself) He said: Okay. With the 10 yuan, he then purchased a pack of cigarettes at a small shop nearby.

Chinese beggar wearing woman's dress smoking sitting at side of the road

I asked: Isn’t your stomach was hungry? Why didn’t you buy something to eat? He pointed at a trash can, then pointed at his stomach. At the time, I did not understand, thinking he was able to pick trash to exchange for food [sort trash for recyclable items to exchange for money]. However later, I saw a scene that broke my heart.

Chinese beggar wearing woman's dress smoking sitting at side of the road

Chinese beggar wearing woman's dress carrying bag walking down Ningbo street

Only when spending time with him in later days did I understand why he likes to wear women’s clothes. Maybe you will say: Male deviant, simply perverted, simply likes women’s clothes. You will only be partially right, as the real reason is his heart yearns for a home, a woman to take care of him, love him. Sometimes he is himself, and sometimes he pretends to be the woman that loves him.

Chinese beggar carrying a woman's bag and umbrella on the streets of Ningbo, China

Every time I find him, I will always give him 10 yuan. And he always goes to buy a pack of cigarettes. He has many sets of women’s clothes, all picked out from piles of trash.

Ningbo, China - A Chinese beggar carrying a woman's bag and umbrella on the streets of Ningbo, China walks down the wet street

A Chinese beggar with messy hair, a woman's shoulder bag, and an umbrella in Ningbo, China

People will ask: Aside from smoking, how does he solve his food problem if he also does not know to beg? The below pictures are of him finding things to eat. I hope your ability to stomach things is stronger than my old cat.

A beggar in Ningbo, China squats down to pick at discarded tea leaves on the sidewalk

In front of the door to a flower shop, the ground has discarded food discarded by the florist (I despise this flower shop’s disgusting behavior of  discarding refuse in front of its door, ruining the public sanitation, and on rainy days the oil makes it easy for pedestrians to slip and fall). Seeing that there is still a small piece of meat on the ground, he squats down to pick it up to eat.

A beggar in Ningbo, China looks at what he has found from a pile of discarded tea leaves

At this moment, my heart cried. These people who truly need our attention have instead been ruined by a bunch of beggars and cheats/con-artists. Since they already are unable to tell the difference between what is real and what is fake, they might as well close the door on love. Today, the reason I spent half a year’s time to investigate and experience their lives is to wake up everyone’s caring hearts, so that we will go help them, so they can become a meaningful person.

Discarded garbage on the ground

Turning around again to look at the stuff on the ground, this is stuff even a dog would not eat (these days there are people who treat dogs better than people), and I don’t know why I thought of something that was once written: Behind red doors food go to waste, while frozen bones lie on the streets.

A melancholy looking beggar on the streets in Ningbo, China

His road may be very long or it may be very short. What his future will be like I do not know.

2010 March 2 UPDATE: Here are two videos spreading on Kaixin001 about Brother Sharp.

Because he had become popular on the internet, many people went to go find him, asking him where he is from, offering to help him go back home (to his hometown or family), or help him find work. However, this frightened him and he would only cry without speaking.

Someone to love you. chinaSMACK personals.

Thank you for using our translations, Clifford Coonan in Beijing.


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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