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President Xi Jinping Eats Steamed Buns with The Common People

Chinese President Xi Jinping eating steamed buns with the common people.

Chinese President Xi Jinping eating steamed buns with the common people.

From NetEase:

Xi Jinping Lines Up To Buy Steamed Buns at Steamed Bun Shop, Pays for Own Bill and Carries Own Meal Tray

ChinaNews December 28 report — December 28 noon, netizen “四海微传播” posted a microblog claiming that General-Secretary Xi Jinping was in line to buy steamed buns at a Beijing steamed bun shop.

The content of the microblog posted by netizen “四海微传播” was: “Dears, I’m not mistaken, am I?! Big Xi has come to Qing Feng [name of shop] to eat steamed buns! Uploading photo” and attached a photograph.

Afterward, at 1:21pm, another microblog was posted, containing: “Big Xi lines up to buy steamed buns, and even pays his own bill, carries his own tray, and gets his own buns. In the future, Qing Feng can release a President Xi Meal.”

After the microblog was posted, the microblogs of The People’s Daily, Xinhua, CCTV, and other official media personalities all reshared/forwarded it one after another, with netizens leaping to click on “praise” [“like”] and commenting continuously.

Chinese President Xi Jinping eating steamed buns with the common people.

Chinese President Xi Jinping eating steamed buns with the common people.

Chinese President Xi Jinping eating steamed buns with the common people.

Chinese President Xi Jinping eating steamed buns with the common people.

Chinese President Xi Jinping eating steamed buns with the common people.

Chinese President Xi Jinping eating steamed buns with the common people.

Chinese President Xi Jinping eating steamed buns with the common people.

Chinese President Xi Jinping eating steamed buns with the common people.

There is indeed a “Big X Lines Up to Buy Steamed Buns” trending topic on Sina Weibo, as well as a #hashtag#. However, the hottest microblog post about this story was by popular Chinese Weibo celebrity Happy张江 joking that the only reason Xi Jinping appeared in public to buy buns was to overshadow a concert by Wang Feng [one of the judges on Voice of China and in a relationship with Zhang Ziyi]. This is a joke that may be best understood by those familiar with Chinese entertainment industry news and gossip.

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Comments from NetEase:

网易黑龙江省鹤岗市手机网友 ip:42.184.*.*:

Being close to the people is good.

网易内蒙古手机网友 ip:116.114.*.*:

A manifestation of being in touch with the people.

网易河南省平顶山市手机网友 ip:61.158.*.*:

President Xi is modest and unassuming!

网易陕西省商洛市手机网友 ip:113.136.*.*:

The people’s good leader.

网易河南省郑州市网友 ip:1.192.*.*:

Recently, corrupt government officials have frequently fallen, and now Big Xi eats steamed buns with the ordinary common people. These are all using actual action to tell us that [government leaders] cannot become too separated from the people, that only Party members and cadres are the public servants of the people!

网易四川省乐山市网友 ip:125.65.*.*:

As someone who has always just read comments and never commented, I too can’t sit still and must come on here to say that truly, China has hope now.

网易广西贵港市手机网友 ip:110.72.*.*:

Well done!

网易新疆乌鲁木齐市手机网友 ip:221.7.*.*:

Chairman Xi is great.

藥粉 [网易天津市手机网友]:

Modest and unassuming, a good chairman.

网易江西省手机网友 ip:117.21.*.*:

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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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