The Shandong Lanxiang Vocational School gained international attention four years ago when it was singled out by The New York Times as one of the schools responsible for the hacking and cyber attacks against Google and other US companies and government agencies. As a result, Lanxiang has become somewhat of a joke among Chinese netizens where “hacker school” seems hardly fitting for a school better known for teaching people how to drive excavators.
With Lanxiang back in the headlines following a recent campus brawl and then a scandal involving its president, Chinese netizens took the opportunity to poke fun at Lanxiang Vocational School’s over-the-top promotional videos detailing its courses in auto repair, cooking, hairstyling, computer, welding, machine tools, and of course… excavators.
From Sina Weibo:
@袁炫华: So scary, I’ve already pissed my pants.
Comments on Sina Weibo:
Americans are probably pissing their pants, this is leaking state secrets.
When I saw the excavator segment, I teared up.
Technical [skilled] workers are the foundations of society. In recent years, amidst the popularity of culture and knowledge-based higher education, there are fewer and fewer qualified workers to work in first-rate jobs. As a country that is still in the early stages of a labor-oriented economy, it is essential to focus on technical training and education. Although Lanxiang receives a lot of flack, they control the fate of a nation’s development and its people’s ability to make a living.
China’s top 3 schools: Lanxiang, Tsinghua, Peking University.
To think of it, I also wanted to attend Lanxiang, but it was too far and my mom wouldn’t let me. Had I gone, I would’ve probably immigrated to Australia by now.
I’ve warned you all before! They are in the process of building an army!!
Holy shit, so scary, I always thought Lanxiang was only about excavators.
…Lanxiang, China’s Harvard…
Which school is best for learning hacking skills? Go to Shandong, China and look for Lanxiang.
All hail our Lanxiang empire!
The failures of the university education system is what allowed Lanxiang’s to distinguish itself [become popular].
In the eyes of Americans, Lanxiang may be the most competitive school in China.
Looking at everyone’s comments, it is basically all ridicule, without any independent thinking, and I can only look down on all of you! Let me tell you some truth: China’s university expansion is a flawed policy, causing many people to enter universities instead of technical vocational schools. This is why in recent years, students from vocational schools have higher salaries than college graduates. In the future, it will be a long road to correct this mistake, as many high school graduates begin entering schools like Lanxiang rather than going to universities to get a [useless] degree.
I’m planning to go to Lanxiang for a year to learn how to operate excavators after getting my master’s degree.
Ever since America gave them free advertising, they’ve become famous worldwide.
Holy shit, Chairman Mao himself promotes Lanxiang! That’s incredible, unbelievable! This school is no ordinary school!
[Note: The spokesman in the video is a popular Chinese actor known for playing Mao Zedong in movies and TV shows].