Mayor To Be Transferred, Residents Plead for Him to Stay

People in parade.
People in parade.
Top: “Mayor Geng, please come back.” Below: “Mayor Geng Yanbo, Datong needs you.”

From QQ:

Datong City Residents Plead During the Spring Festival Holiday for Transferred Mayor Geng Yanbo to Stay

China Broadcast Net February 17th report (reporters: Kang Weijia, Li Nan). Mayor’s transfer garners public attention and city residents urging him to stay. During the Spring Festival holiday, some Shanxi province Datong city residents had for some time gathered at the downtown Dongcheng Square, Hongqi Square, and other places, standing in cold wind, using signatures, banners, and other methods to show Mayor Geng Yanbo their appreciation and desire for him to stay.

Mayor Geng.

On the afternoon of February 7th, Datong city’s relevant official threw a farewell party for Geng Yanbo at the Yungang Jiangguo Hotel. Attending the farewell party was Datong City Press Center Director Gu Shengming, who told a China News Service reporter, that at the scene of the farewell party, many government officials had shed tears, and also said “I’m very sad myself, if only because Geng Yanbo was a good mayor”.

People in parade are carrying slogan and Mayor Geng's picture.
“Our liberation can’t be without the Communist Party, great changes can’t happen without Mayor Geng.”

People in parade.

People in parade.

People in parade.

The banner with people's names on.
“Mayor Geng Yanbo is good! Datong is your unfinished monument!”
People in parade.
“Changing Datong into Hong Kong only requires Mayor Geng to stay.”

People in parade.

People in parade.

A woman in a car carrying a picture of Mayor Geng.

People are signing their names on a banner.

Comments from QQ:

腾讯网友 21312:

Everyone see? Do the government officials see? Rich people should also take a look. The ordinary common people hating officials, is only hating the corrupt ones. As long as it’s an official who actually does meaningful things for the people, everyone will likewise love and respect him. The ordinary common people hating rich, is only hating those who have money but do bad things.

腾讯大同市网友 情缘:

He is our Datong city’s most popular good mayor, who does practical things, does good things, worthy of our respect. He’s honest, diligent, steadfast, a servant of the people. During his term in office, Datong went through earthshaking changes. From the third day [of the first month of the lunar calendar] to now, the parade to urge the mayor to stay has been organizing activities every day just to get him to stay, the slogan being: Our liberation can’t be without the Communist Party, great changes can’t happen without Mayor Geng.

腾讯盐城市网友 杀死华进: (responding to above)

How will the municipal party secretary feel?!

腾讯网友 晋江华远林海物流有限:

From last year’s Watch Brother [a government official whom netizens targeted for wearing expensive watches] to now, China has only encountered a people-approved Mayor Geng. Not easy. A good man, reminds of major figures such as Jiao Yulu and Zhou Enlai. China still has hope. Let Big Brother Xi commend him, and set Mayor Geng as an example for the nation, to learn from Mayor Geng.

腾讯网友 天道酬勤:

Come to think of it, I’ve actually never heard of such a thing before, that an official’s transfer would make the people cry. You’re the first! China needs officials like you!

腾讯网友 抵制日货捍卫主权:

Everything Mayor Geng has done in these past few years since his arrive in Datong, the people of Datong have seen. When Mayor Geng was here, perhaps some people still hated him, but I think right now, everyone is of the same mind. Come back, Mayor Geng, Datong needs you, the people of Datong City need you. Those in support, ding.

腾讯南京市网友 愛妳讓我心痛:

China needs mayors like him so much right now! Everything for the people!

腾讯网友 2684461441:

Is it possible? That China actually still has good officials like him?

腾讯陕西省网友 雪兰灵莹:

In this corrupted society, people like Geng Yanbo are rare.

Comments from NetEase:

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bfett16 [网易浙江省温州市网友]:

Life is like a game… it’s just that this game is a little interesting…

好战者 [网易辽宁省大连市网友]:

Secretary Bo was like this back when he was in Dalian… so how do you explain that?

红烧大河蟹 [网易河南省郑州市手机网友]:

The 19th picture, talk about being used to being slaves?

alianheppy [网易广东省东莞市网友]:

Once you go, what do I do about my construction funds and follow-up work? Thus the contractors and migrant workers are…

潇特曼 [网易山西省晋城市手机网友]:

No corruption is impossible for anyone to achieve, but if one’s corruption had some sort of bottom line, if government officials were just a little more conscientious, able to do a bit more for the people whenever they get some benefit, then the ordinary common people will remember your goodness.

dameidl [网易浙江省台州市手机网友]:

Could it have been organized by the government?

第一电眼哥 [网易北京市网友]: (responding to above)

What do you think? Otherwise would they allow a more-than-5-person parade, and with such large banners?

Written by Peter Barefoot

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

  • thmswhnr

    Surprisingly few skeptics among the chosen translated comments. My guess is that even if the story was real, that the commentary was refined and polished to make it look like the people will still stand unanimously behind good honest leaders. In the end, the machine gets to dictate who gets sainted and who gets crucified.

    Other than the hanging monastery at Datong, the only things I have heard about about the city is that it’s terribly polluted (coming from Beijingers) and “that whole province is pretty much fucked”. Can anyone tell tales of the good things he did for the city?

    • Dr Sun

      A staged “protest” about how we love this CPC appointed official, if I had a vote I would vote for him.

    • Hongwu Emperor

      Basically that’s the reality in almost every industrialized part in China, or even the world. want you bloody progress and industries?? deal with the polllution.

      I obviously feel bad for our people with the polllution issues, but that’s something many other countries have [lesser pollution in some, but pollution still] and its plainly horrible.

  • Bugs Bunny

    bullshit, boxilai is a good example.
    never ever believe in any offical in china.

    • quake

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    • linette lee
      • dim mak

        A little bit too old guard, but smart enough
        And even if he isn’t he can just fall back and do nothing
        At our economic pace, China will grow itself

  • MonkeyMouth

    thats his xiao sans, and his xiao sans’ families….meal tickets have all expired

  • BiggJ

    I’m sure all the people that showed up are the ones he made money for through his money swindling schemes. But even if this guy is a good mayor, the past bullshit officals ruin it for people who might be alright……I don’t give a fuck a anyway lol.

  • Nick in Beijing

    What a bunch of weak, simple minded tools.

    • Up the

      shut the **** up

      • [email protected]

        Why the asterisks? Are we shy to say dirty words? Or do you feel like you need to ask permission first?

        Brilliant retort by the way. You must have been one of the high-wattage light bulbs that attended this rally.


  • Brett

    What has he done that makes him such a good mayor? Peter Barefoot, some background info please….

    • BiggJ

      He hasn’t stole or been caught for stealing as much as the others lol.

      • Dr Sun

        who’s looking at officials stealing the CPC, the Police, I think not.

        The exposure of the Govt dogs corruption is lead by Human flame searches, by ordinary people on the internet.
        The CPC and their puppet Police dogs, both being so entwined in corruption themselves spend their energy on cover ups and censorship.

  • vincent

    He probably didn’t reach his corruption quota.

  • linette lee

    …….Changing Datong into Hong Kong only requires Mayor Geng to stay……..??

    Really?? How about changing the whole entire corrupt officials and replace the whole communist party with Taiwanese and hong kong officials. Maybe that will do the trick.

    • Alphy

      Exactly. I saw that and was like really? Does Datong have a different tax law than the rest of the country? Is it autonomous? Is their internet unblocked like in Hong Kong?

    • Hongwu Emperor

      really? just put HK/Taiwan people there and everything’s perfect now? I fail to see logic in that…

      • Nick in Beijing

        It seems you fail to see logic in a great many places. Don’t blame linette for your failings.

  • Dave

    It’s dangerous for politicians to become too popular.

  • Misiooo

    “Our liberation can’t be without the Communist Party”. Liberation from what?

    • mr.wiener

      Liberation from the tyranny of freedom of course.

      • jeff li

        Where’s the riot squad and tanks when you need them (sarcasm)
        normally public protests are met with violence in China….so what gives?

        • mr.wiener

          If it is a spontaneous outpouring of public feeling, such as stoning a foreign embassy, it will be allowed and buses made public for the use of ;)

          • thmswhnr

            The last time there was a truly spontaneous outpouring of real public feeling to show support for an official? I’m pretty sure it was the 100,000 people who gathered at Tiananmen to commemorate Hu Yaobang. In 1989. Let’s say it got a little out of hand.

          • Justin

            It only got of hand after a month of being more or less tolerated. The main incendiary factors were a People’s Daily editorial calling the protestors counterrevolutionary and the fact that Premier Zhao Ziyang, a moderate reformer sympathetic to the demonstration, had to make an untimely foreign visit to Russia, allowing the hardliners to outmaneuver him. And I sincerely doubt that was the last “truly spontaneous outpouring” in support of a public official. It’s probably just the only one that Westerners know about. China has upwards of 150,000 “mass incidents” each year, many of which are spontaneous and some of which could very well be in support of a local official. With that many, the odds are very likely.

          • Hongwu Emperor

            Maybe I’ll be there giving away Dadao and firecrackers/fireworks for the people craft makeshift artillery. and some cheap wine to make quite a boom with a Molotov possibly??

        • Hongwu Emperor

          But this time it was not.
          some big ccp boss is currently doin’ that troll smile and telling us: ‘problem??’

      • lonetrey / Dan

        I just had an image of Loki giving his speech from The Avengers movie.

    • ASDF

      Chiang Kai-Shek and his Weapons of Mass Destruction

  • lonetrey / Dan

    Little surprised by this…. Either this guy is really a stand up mayor, or these people are really well brainwashed…. And I’m kind of surprised that I can’t tell which one it is.

    • Kai

      I like the netizen comments that suspect this is all staged, which we all know is possible, though China is a big enough place for there to genuinely be good officials who have earned the public’s favor.

      If nothing else though, I suppose one meaningful takeaway from this is that Chinese netizens feel compelled to praise apparently “good” officials precisely because they expect officials to be usually be corrupt.

  • A Lu

    So fake…No one gets so high in the ranks without be corrupted and without corrupting people. If he’s any good, he’s good at not getting caught

  • Nick in Beijing

    I will repeat my prior sentiments. These people are weak, simple minded tools.

    Why is it that in China, so many fail to understand that to have positive things happen in your community, you must be proactive in making positive things happen?

    The people of this land are all blinded by their mentality of victimhood, and inability to accept personal responsibility for when things don’t go well. Shifting the blame is the social norm, and no no one ever is asked to be, or volunteers to be, the first to call for improvement.

    They always want someone to do it for them, to provide for them. All with no thought of providing for themselves, doing for themselves.

    The corruption of their officials is at least in part due to the fact that all rights are placed in their hands by a lazy and complacent populace. If the people residing in an area took real pride in the area, then it would be very easy to mobilize ” weekend warriors” to do clean-up and restoration. But no.




    Praise your leaders and beg for them to stay. When they eventually move on then go back to bitching and moaning online and do nothing about it.

  • El Puma R.

    If they protest against the good ones leaving the government then I can’t wait to see when they protest against the bad ones staying.