Old Chinese Couple Play Claw Crane Arcade Machine, Reactions

The below microblog post was the #1 hottest of the day until noon today, after rising to #2 yesterday, on leading social network Sina Weibo…

From Sina Weibo:

@插班生小明明: Even when we are old, we will do young things, pinky promise. [可爱]


Comments from Sina Weibo:


[可爱] (All the comments below are couples [people sharing this post with their significant others], I’m so fashionable being a single dog)


A-ha, [I] have no one I can @ [to forward/reshare with].


A while back, I encountered an old couple where the old man focused on picking up the dolls [in the arcade claw crane machine] and the old lady focused on collecting them [from the machine]. The old man’s skill was exceptionally good, successfully picking up a quite a few of them over just a short time, and then the old lady took the dolls to go sell them, even asking me if I wanted one for 5 kuai each…


@吳彥祖 [@Daniel Wu, a Chinese male celebrity]


@苍井空 [@Sora Aoi, a popular Japanese AV star]


I still remember passing by a Nancheng newsstand that one time, where I heard an old grandpa ask the newsstand auntie if she had any ice cream. The auntie very apologetically indicated she didn’t and then showed her hands [indicating she had nothing]. The old grandma pouted her lips. Then the old grandpa grabbed the old grandma’s hand and said, “let’s go get one at McDonald’s”. [呵呵]


I think I now know why I can’t pick up any dolls [in such arcade machines], I’m still too young.


It’s always so moving when elderly people do romantic young people things. But when us young people do old people things, it’s just silly.


Look at the expression on that little dragon she’s holding.


Indeed I have no one I can @ this.


Although I know my comment is immediately going to be submerged in a sea of people, as I live, I still hope someone will upvote me. [泪流满面] I am a small-time advertising designer, I represent myself. [肥皂]


One day fifty years from now, we will walk into some large supermarket and as we pass several claw crane machines, you’ll say, “Old man, look at how cute that doll is. Get one for our granddaughter to play with.” I’ll say, “Old woman, starting from fifty years ago, every time we’ve entered the supermarket, I’ve had to get dolls for you. Do we not have enough dolls in our home for our granddaughter to play with>” “Nonsense, you’ve never grabbed the one I like the most, and you still have the gall to say anything.” “….[囧]

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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.

  • Rick in China

    What an exciting story. Simply amazing. Not even worth the kb to refresh page.

    • ex-expat

      Lol you beat me to it.

    • bprichard

      I came here to find out if they managed to win any stuffed animals. I’m leaving unsatisfied.

      • Stu

        She’s holding two in her hand. I’m going to say they’re stone-cold stuffed toy-grabbing experts who have been thrown out of half the arcades in China.

  • At least the aren’t defecating in the street….or dancing in the park…or demanding compensation from someone who has helped them….or driving over small children in their car….or killing others in the train station…or torturing small animals…or….or

    • Surfeit

      or slapped around at Manila airport!

      • mr.wiener

        lol. yes I just saw that one.

      • bang2tang

        shanghaiist & scmp :D

    • Mighty曹

      LOL! I’m sure they’ve done all that at their ripe old age and are now spending some compensation money on the machine. They’re dressed like tourists so I don’t think they’re reselling those toys. Probably for grandkids.

  • mr.wiener

    Yay! a pallet cleansr.

  • BigpimpingBalla

    Luckily he didnt got his woman taken away by white guy like the hong konger in this video http://www.worldstarhiphop.com/videos/video.php?v=wshh589zS8kE0w70yoGQ

    • hess

      Poor guy..

  • Irvin

    You think they doing this for fun? They’re doing this out of greed. When the old lady realized that no one wants to buy it the old man will be slapped.

  • Mighty曹

    It’s always heart warming to see old couples doing something together.

    • whuddyasack

      It is, isn’t it? Living the life these two couples live is now more difficult than ever and becoming increasingly rare as people increasingly become more selfish. It’s something that I hope to achieve someday ;-)

      But to top it all off, all of the comments brought a smile to my face. Even the ones who have nobody to reshare this with. I’m sure they’ll find the right person in due time.

      • Mighty曹

        It’s always touching to see old couple still holding hands when walking. I always admire how they manage to stay ‘close’ and not drift apart over the years.

        • whuddyasack

          Yes, indeed it is. Although I think it isn’t unusual for our grandparents to stay married for life like a pair of macaws. Did you know that parrots have a lifespan that can rival that of humans? I think the reason why we live so long is a reflection of how much commitment we must take for each other.

          • Mighty曹

            I think that’s where ‘love birds’ come from. LOL

          • whuddyasack

            Love birds hmm. I think the words literally came from them.

          • Mighty曹

            Hahaha adorable!

          • whuddyasack

            Yes, the grandpa and grandma in this story remind me of these love birds cuddling up hahaha.

  • Dr Sun

    slow news day ?

    • Mighty曹

      For China, this IS big news.

      • Dr Sun

        I would have though the news of all those “govt dogs” caught smoking heroin in their office would be bigger news, silly me

        • Mighty曹

          That and the man – who was being chased – picked up and flung an infant are just not worthy news.

          • Dr Sun

            guess not

  • Surfeit

    OMG aren’t they dead yet?!

  • ClausRasmussen

    Reading guide for ChinaSmack: Skip the gory articles if you want to keep faith in humanity.

    • Irvin

      Mama always taught me to face my fears, the more you’re used to something the more you’re numb to it.

      • ClausRasmussen

        I don’t want to be numb to loss of life.

  • Cameron

    What an amazing sweet and incredible picture. Not only is there an old man and woman together but they’re doing stuff. TOGETHER! And they’re HAVING FUN!!! Who thought old people ever did stuff? And FUN stuff?? It’s amazing. AMAZING!!!!!!

    • Dante

      Sarcasm, pure sarcasm….

      • Mighty曹

        NO!!!! Really??

        • Dante

          Not a native English speaker I assume.

          • Mighty曹

            I don’t need to be a native English speaker to make you look foolish.

          • Alex Dương

            The irony here is immense.

  • Cameron

    Elderly claw crane thieves brutally assaulted by xinjiang chengguan due to soft toy chemical fumes – corrupt officials jump to death after unsuccessfully suing little dragon for compensation.

  • Wololoo

    And now I tell you a well kept secret: Old people do not stop having sex.

  • bang2tang

    What does Daniel Wu & Sora Aoi have to do with this article ???

  • Kai

    The first two translated comments should give you a clue. A lot of Weibo users were sharing this post with their bf/gf, husbands, wives, etc. to express their hope that they’ll be like the couple in the photo when they’re old. It’s a cute, romantic notion. Some netizens with a sense of humor shared the post with their idols instead, as if that’s who they’d end up being with.


  • mr.wiener

    Pissing in the streets? Guilty as charged, Running over small children?….I don’t think you’d find many of those stories, just sayin’

  • mr.wiener

    Happens everywhere I’m sure, I’m not saying we are better or worse than anywhere else, I just can’t recall the last time I heard of a hit and run on kids in Oz.

    • Bogan

      No, they dont run you over, they just scream racist abuse at young school kids on buses. ‘STRAYA!

      • mr.wiener

        Ahh the memories come flooding back.

  • Alex L

    Ah, the simple pleasures…