Chinese Crowds Scramble for Free Potted Plants in Guangdong

Citizens are fighting for positions in hope of getting potted flowers as soon as possible.

Citizens are fighting for positions in hope of getting potted flowers as soon as possible.

From NetEase:

Guangdong Jiangmen Offers City Flowers for Free, Crowds Pushed Down Railings to Plunder

November 16 morning, Jiangmen City’s Bureau of Parks and Woods sent out invitations to city residents that it would be distributing 10,000 pots of city flowers, 1,000 pots of seasonal flowers, and 2,000 bags of fertilizer for potted flowers for free at the city’s Donghu Square. Several thousands of city residents gathered at Donghu Square, scrambling for the freely distributed potted flowers and plants.

[Above] City residents squeezed in lines set up by working staff, scrambling for a spot in hopes of getting the flowers sooner.

Citizens are waiting behind the rails impatiently.

City residents waiting outside the railings, looking at the 10,000 pots of azaleas in the square eagerly.

The working staffs are dispatching potted flowers to the citizens.

Working staff handing flowers to city residents outside the rails, with the city residents stretching out their arms scrambling for them.

The citizens have taken matter to their own hands.

The working staff’s distribution speed couldn’t satisfy the numerous city residents at the scene, leading the city residents to push down the railing to enter the area taking matters into their own hands.

A woman has put flowers in the stroller instead of the baby.

A woman carrying her baby on her back, vacating her stroller to carry the potted plant.

Citizen with an uprooted plant.

Some city residents abandoned the heavy pots and soil, directly uprooting the flowers to take them away.

The ground of the square has become a mess.

The 10,000 pots of azaleas to be given out were all plundered by the city residents, the grounds of the square a complete mess.

Comments from NetEase:

一只小蚊子飞啊飞 [网易广东省惠州市网友]:

It’s a mad scramble when things are free.

网易广东省深圳市网友 ip:183.17.*.*: (responding to above)

In China, you must never offer anything for free, no matter what it is!

caonimachina [网易湖北省襄阳市网友]:

They have fully displayed the “whoever doesn’t take advantage is an idiot” spirit.

北邮博士 [网易北京市网友]:

There’s not much hope for this nation inside the next 100 years. I don’t know how they calculated the 62.8% Revival of the Chinese Nation figure.

[Note: The “Revival of the Chinese Nation” or “Common Mission for the Revival of the Chinese Nation” figure refers to an index created by Yang Yiyong, director of the Institute of Social Development Research at the Academy of Macroeconomic Research under China’s National Development and Reform Commission. It attempts to quantify China’s progress towards becoming a first-world nation through statistical data such as China’s Gross National Income. In 2007, the figure was at 46%. Recently, Chinese netizens were amused when the figure was cited as 62%, and soon became an internet meme, appearing in multiple previous chinaSMACK translations.]

左手派掌门人 [网易山东省烟台市网友]:

After seeing these pictures, Japan, Vietnam, Korea, and India have all abandoned their costly military spending.

咔咔T这边看 [网易广东省东莞市网友]:

They are all TM old grandpas and grandmas. I think young people wouldn’t go fight for these things. The development of education and information has indeed changed much of the following generation.

秋天的袜子  [网易江苏省苏州市常熟市网友]: (responding to above)

By the looks of it, next time I’m on a public bus, I’ll definitely give up my seat [to the elderly]. If I don’t and actually end up in a fight with one of them, I really don’t know if could win.

132736550 [网易河南省郑州市网友]:

This is what our countrymen are like.

榆木道人 [网易广东省深圳市网友]:

Hehe, the intention of this event was good, and those who came should’ve been people who love plants. The actual value of these flowers isn’t high, either.

This is just how it is in our country, whether it be cabbage or flowers, as long as it doesn’t cost money, people are going to scramble for it and then think about it after. Just like in the 4th picture, they’d take it away even if they have to uproot it.

fanjing223 [网易浙江省温州市网友]:

This is not the way to love and tend plants, characters need be improved.

vc09876 [网易北京市网友]:

It’s the same at the top, the middle, and the bottom. Those at the top engage in major corruption, those in the middle engage in minor corruption, and those at the bottom will take advantage of petty things as long as there’s an opportunity.

网易上海市虹口区网友 ip:222.64.*.*:

This demographic of 60-70 year olds are without a doubt the demographic with the worst characters in present-day China. Nothing can be done about it. When they were young, they didn’t go to school, only participating in [revolutionary/ideological] movements, so what character is there to speak of?

玉人小子 [网易广东省东莞市网友]:

Just look at the indifferent and greedy expressions on these old men and women’s faces you’ll know what kind of next generation they will bring up.

LYH14H08 [网易广东省佛山市网友]:

As someone from Jiangmen, I am ashamed!

网易广东省东莞市手机网友 ip:113.114.*.*:

Most of the people there are middle-aged or old, because they aren’t at work. And their youth happened to be at the time of the Cultural Revolution. Their way of thinking were formed during that time, and it was at that time that the good and fine traditions of the Chinese people were destroyed.

What are some things that your grandparents and the older generations think or do that you find disagreeable?

Written by Peter Barefoot

Peter is a born and raised Chengdunese who enjoys drinking with all his friends.


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