Thank You for 5 Years of Support, 5 Years of chinaSMACK

chinaSMACK 5 year anniversary.

chinaSMACK 5 year anniversary.

Hi everyone!

Today is the 5th anniversary of chinaSMACK! With this post, we have published a total of 1843 posts, or an average of 368.6 posts per year, with an average of over 110 comments per post. We have probably translated over a million Chinese characters, at least 10,000 Chinese netizen comments, and it has been a crazy adventure!

Over the past year, the top 10 countries where chinaSMACK readers have come from were the United States, China, Canada, United Kingdom, Singapore, Australia, India, Malaysia, Germany, and Indonesia, but chinaSMACK has been seen by someone in nearly every country on Earth!


Thank you to our regular contributors, especially Peter, Rensi, and Li who have been finding and translating weekly and monthly for over a year. Thank you to Stuart, who is no longer a regular contributor but tried his best to show what is popular with netizens in Taiwan. Thank you to our promising new contributors such as Cecilia and Pan, but also Bing.

Thank you to our ku bi moderators, the old and the new. The job you do is often more difficult than everything else, because it is about people and not words or bytes.

Thank you to Internap for providing us with great website hosting.

Thank you to Thomas, our also ku bi system administrator, for doing his best to keep our website online, and fixing it when something is broken.


Of course, we must thank all of our readers and fans! Thank you for understanding chinaSMACK, understanding us, and understanding what we do. Thank you for your support, your nice comments and emails, your praise and your encouragements, for crediting and linking to our work, and sharing us with other people.

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Who is that girl?!

I thank you. You have spread one Shanghainese girl’s internet addiction internationally, and for five years! You have helped change one Shanghainese netizen translating KDS and Liba internet posts into a group of passionate Chinese and foreign netizens translating Chinese news articles, funny pictures, crazy videos, and silly microblogs…because this is a part of China and this is part of who we are.

Although we cannot show you everything, we are so flattered that you come to look, that you are interested in what we can share with you, and that you appreciate our efforts! Without you, there is no us!

Thank you!


chinaSMACK Fans in China: Get a FREE chinaSMACK T-Shirt!


We’re giving away the remaining few “chinaSMACK Certified by Netizens” t-shirts we still have. Originally 20 USD, now FREE but only to the first few chinaSMACK fans currently in China who send us a picture of themselves with the chinaSMACK website open on their computer or mobile phone!

Long-time readers may recognize these limited-edition, piqué-weave, high-quality cotton t-shirts from a t-shirt design contest we held for our ONE-year anniversary FOUR years ago (and are just slightly less rare than our Project Zero t-shirt)!

This is “first-come first-serve” but before you enter, you must meet the following requirements:

  1. Photo should be a minimum of 600×400 pixels large, JPG format.
  2. You and the chinaSMACK website should be visible in the photo.
  3. You must be currently residing in China with a mainland China shipping address and contact number for delivery.
  4. You will be responsible for the cost of shipping, which you will pay the delivery man upon receipt of the t-shirt. For example, the cost for delivering a t-shirt to a Shanghai address is 12 RMB (<2 USD). A Beijing address is 24 RMB (<4 USD). You will receive your shirt within a day or two for most destinations.
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Entry Form:

Full Name

Email Address

Contact Number (mobile)

Complete Shipping Address


T-Shirt Size


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.

  • Dragan Krstic

    OutAs Hi Fauna, this is great success for you and contributors! Chinasmack has became one of leading source about China and Chinese popular culture. Moreover, chinasmack has became a part of it. Right at this moment I’m proudly wearinf my CS shirt!

  • You are iconic! I love you guys!

    Greetings from Free China! #wavesflag

  • markus peg

    Congratulations Fauna, you have proven that people can learn by doing if they put in enough hard work and determination. The site was a great Idea. Maybe a site for Chinese people could be set up translating English comments from the USA and UK websites to show China and Chinese people more of the outside world and how our cultures react and our countrymen think.

    Thumbs up! =]

  • Mighty曹

    Congrats to you guys (you and Kai)!!! May you two live a happy life surrounded by children and grand children.

  • Sebo

    a small idea from an humble shanghai girl that has brought thousands of foreigners in China together through discussing! congratulations chinasmack group!

  • Bob Shead

    Anything that takes the piss out of China and the Beijing nasty ba’astards has my approval! Thank you Chna Smack!

  • Calles

    Thank you for letting us know so many entertaining stories of China. I found this site great when I didn’t understand Weibo at all, haha even now that I use Weibo everyday I still come very often just to read the comments haha. 恭喜你们的第五周年!

  • M

    Is that Fauna in in the bottom right? OMG she’s hot!

    • Put it away, neckbeard. People put out their appreciation, not their ding dong.

  • Brett

    Congrats to Fauna and staff. I’ve enjoyed the past five years.

  • linette lee

    oooh… not fair. How come only china readers get the Tshirt?

    Anyway. Congratulations to Fauna and all the chinasmack staff. :)

  • hey Fauna whats your phone number. For translating purposes fun. This might sound crazy but your zodiac and my zodiac match. Were meant to translate stuff. And our house will have a good feng shui simply because were there. Our existence in one place will be the location that brings the energy of heaven and earth together, aligning the stars to balance the positive and negative power, to set equilibrium of energy that this Earth lack. Only then, will the world know peace, toleration, and most importantly, love. You, the northern star, and I, the southern star, were destined to meet. I exist for the reason that you exist, and it is my life journey, my only purpose of existence, is to find you.

    Anyway congratulation, ive come to love this blogsite.

    your Malaysian reader,

    • Christ on a bike

    • Mighty曹

      The best serenade without a guitar.

    • lonetrey / Dan

      I didn’t see this little gem til right now… well done. Ahahaha you get A+ for style :P

  • lonetrey / Dan

    Oh wow, that’s what the mysterious Fauna looks like?! o_O

    And cheers to Chinasmack’s staff, thank you for all your hard work (and tolerance!)

  • Your Sexy Cousin Rex


    • Mighty曹

      I disagree until she shows us more photos. ;-)

  • minibeany

    great job… this site has been my must view daily news site… why not have a ChinaSMACK social gathering :-)

  • woot woot thank you!

  • Nilerafter24

    Wow. Is that Fauna? She’s gorgeous.
    After the clandestine stig-like persona you’ve built around yourself, it’s cool to see that you’re human just like us.
    Epic work and congratulations.

    • Kai

      He said Stig! Give that man a car!

  • Repatriated

    Thank you for less “Chinese pop song” articles :D

  • Perhaps that’s not even Fauna. Maybe it’s some girl she’s wishing to unleash a horde of desperately affectionate/horny ChinaSMACKers after. Poor girl…

    • Kai

      She wouldn’t let me post her Shanghai Calling photo in the comments earlier last week because she wanted to post it here. More or less her throwing a bone to everyone who keeps wondering. Various cS contributors and readers have met her before.

  • AH1FF4H8

    Actually in reality, the mysterious Fauna was a personality created by the group of individuals who run Chinasmack to draw attention through the allure surrounding the enigma created by her internet anonymity as well as the intelligence found in her carefully crafted smackdown of quibbles.

    Relevant analysis of her use of language has made it apparent enough that the entity known as Fauna is most likely multiple individuals acting as one.

    And that girl up there? She is most likely a model.

    • The Enlightened One

      Makes sense actually lol… if we get in huge trouble just blame the “person” named Fauna and not us!

      • markus peg

        If that is Fauna, she should delete the photo. We wouldn’t want her to be flesh searched, if something happens to her what would happen to Chinasmack. I recommend she protects her identity.

  • kaipan413

    Belle, CS has become more “harmonized” over the years. It’s not as interesting, but it’s not as insulting to Chinese as was before.

    Don’t get carried away by the complements. Dumb Americans can’t tell Chinese beauties from girls at the neighborhood massage parlor.

    Five years went by fast. Gain some weight. You’re too skinny.

  • The Enlightened One

    Thank you Fauna and staff. I have been reading this blog for 5 years and all I can say is….

    You are all crazy to do this! But it is fun to read and rant about!

  • Yu Tian

    Hi Fauna and Chinasmack staff, Native born Tianjin boy here came to the States when I was 8. Thank you so much for all the articles these years. Started reading them during sophomore year of college and it’s been 4 years for me since then, 23 atm.

    Thank you so much for posting all of these wonderful news articles and humor. Without it I would have been so lost when I met up with my elementary friends last year. This site has taught me a lot of slangs, haha.

    Please keep up the good work, Jia you! :D

  • amie

    next to 9gag i think this is the site i visit the most for checking up posts :) great job! and congrats

  • Zhegezhege


    Whenever I meet a China newb looking to figure out how things work and how people think in this country, I tell them to start here.

    It’s also a useful language resource too, if you’re determined to be boring about it.

    Chinasmack 万岁!

  • Coyote

    That’s all well and good Fauna but when are we going to see you in a wet t-shirt? Huh? When I ask you? (lol)

    • I’m sure you’ve impressed her

      • coyote

        Lighten up whiskers, you’ll cough up less fur-balls that way lol

  • 剑胆琴心

    i should get one,but i know myself,i still have some brand new t shirt …
    i dislike to wear t shirt anyway.

    • Mighty曹

      Get one that covers your face.

      • jin

        Like how your hat covers yours?

        • Mighty曹


  • Don’t Believe the Hype

    Great! Keep up the good work!

  • 呃,我看不懂英文诶

  • Trouse

    T-Shirt bait for the chinasmackers!!!!!

  • 唯一意见

    been reading this site since my first travels to the middle kingdom… I don’t usually comment, but I really need to say thanks to Fauna, the chinaSMACK team, and all the commenters who make this site as lively as it is (you know who you are) O(∩_∩)O btw, I still didn’t have much ¥/$ to spare when both sets of chinaSMACK gear (read: shirts) were initially released.. any way that they could go back on sale for those of us not currently on the mainland?