Wuhan Female Bus Driver Violently Beaten By Passengers

This happened a week ago, 2008 September 12, on the #519 bus in Wuhan. However, this news report video (6:01) was only uploaded onto the internet yesterday:

Video on Youku.

1:04 – The on-bus recording begins in the video. Two Northeastern girls and two northeastern guys get on the Wuhan bus. Supposedly, an argument begins because they complained about why the bus took so long. The Wuhan driver said there was a lot of traffic.

1:18 – Suddenly, one of the Northeastern men wearing a white shirt hits the driver.

1:24 – The Northeastern young man wearing the pink shirt begins kicking the driver in the face (~1:24), while the guy in white holds her head by her hair.

2:52 – The news anchorman says he does not know if the two girls were related to the incident, but they also had a Northeastern accent. Apparently, the girls later said something about Wuhan people’s characters and that they only know how to bully “wai di ren.” He angrily said that the girls saying this after such violence was “simply a fart (bullshit).”

3:16 – The news anchorman continues, saying this is not an issue of people from elsewhere vs native people, it is an issue of whether or not you are a person at all.  He calls the attackers “beasts.”

Within hours of being uploaded, Chinese people already posted thousands of comments.

Another well-known bus driver beating happened in 2006, also in Wuhan, on bus #561. Here is the video:

Video on Youku.

That time, the male bus driver was attacked because of a disagreement or misunderstanding over 1 RMB of fare with three boarding passengers. The on-bus video recording begins at ~0:27. The passenger begins attacking at ~1:25.

After punching and kicking the driver, the attackers opened the bus door, and got off (~2:45).  Suddenly, they started throwing rocks and bricks through the windows of the bus (~3:07). The entire time, none of the 28 passengers called the police or tried to help. They only got off the bus when they could. Many people also critcized them for doing nothing.

The majority of the comments regarding the latest video on the internet forums like Mop, QQ, or KDS (which usually does not think very highly of “wai di ren”) condemn the violent attackers. Here are some of the comments on the Youku video page:

Motherfuckers, need to use human flesh search engines to find them, and kick their asses!

Can an anchor person, when anchoring, also tell someone off? Character, character, you are not qualified to say anything.

Now I see that not only do Southern people discriminate against Northeastern people, even a well-known television channel will also discriminate against us Northeastern people. No matter what northeastern people do, we are always wrong, always without character. Everything Northeastern people have done for this country, you all can overlook and dismiss. Forget it, this is hopeless. Next time someone motherfucking starts something with us Northeastern people, I will fucking beat them to death, beat to death these people who are always saying how only they have character.  Forget reasoning with these people. They now motherfucking all look down upon the Northeasterners. Do not blame us Northeastern people for being ruthless and heartless. It is you guys who forced Northeasterners to be this way!

Beasts, do you have any humanity? How can you attack someone like that? Just one woman, and you are two big men!!!
If others beat up your mom, your wife, your little sister, how would you feel?
Beasts, you two do not deserve to live, and should just be executed, you guys do not even have any human compassion.

Things like this always have their reasons. These two guys definitely are a little abnormal, but why are Wuhan drivers getting hit so often. This also should be examined. Why are they getting beat up? Do their faces simply say “beat me?”

Admittedly, attacking people is not right. But sometimes when I go somewhere else I also feel that the attitudes of the public bus drivers there really are not very good. When they see outsiders, they basically ignore them. Even when it is just to ask directions, they are too lazy to tell you.

Wuhan public transportation drivers got beat. Serves them right.

Wuhan people themselves should also reflect a bit. I stayed in Wuhan for a few years also, Wuhan really is not much, always thinking they are infalliable, thinking they are special. Anyone who has rode Wuhan public transportation knows, so many drivers have no human touch, though there are still a few who are pretty good. This hitting people admittedly is wrong, but have we considered how the driver was? Wuhan people, reflect upon yourselves, do not always think you guys are always so great.

Northeastern people are all pigs.

Today’s public transportation drivers’ attitudes are not acceptable, as if the passengers all owe them something, not the least bit courteous. Getting hit, one also has areas they must review! It is not as if others are hitting you for no reason! Although hitting people is over the line, if the driver had handled things properly, this kind of tragedy could have been avoided.

I support what the anchor said, these people living in this world is simply unnecessary.  愤怒

That was a little too vicious, was it not? Brothers teaching these women a lesson is right, but they hit a little too heavily. See, she got beat to tears, who told her to have such a bad attitude?

At the time, my friend was also on the bus. After seeing the news, she called to tell me that female bus driver said that girl was a whore/prostitute. Even if she really is a whore/prostitute, I do not think you should say that. These days, being insulted is worse than being hit!

In the video, at ~1:12, you can see the bus driver saying something to the Northeastern girl and the girl responding strongly. Then the video cuts to the bus driver being hit.

Thugs should be punished, but public transporation drivers these days also do not have high characters, many often yelling at passengers. That anchor’s character should also not be flattered.

Really losing face for northeastern people, so little self-respect. Northeastern men do not hit women~!~!~!

Indeed, those who hit people are not right, but this incident also was not explained clearly! Look at how the public transportation driver was at the beginning, who could see that and not be angry? Why hit her, what was her attitude? The media just jumped over it…only showing the parts that would make anyone angry.

Who was wrong to who can be left to the law…I only think the two girls that were with those two guys are rather good looking…rather pretty…northeastern women…are all rather gorgeous! Heh heh~

Drivers should also pay attention to their character! If you think passengers are all like sheep, you will eventually encounter a wolf!

Northeastern people’s tempers are indeed a little violent, but still you cannot treat a middle-aged woman with this kind of violence, even this is too shameful for Northeastern people~! If they dared to be this way in the Northeast, they would have been beaten to death~! Two men without class + two women without class = scum without class~! Definitely do not say you guys come from the Northeast~!

I see the event as not being that simple. From when the driver was sitting to when she was standing there was an edit. I could not understand what the female driver was saying the whole time. Let us avoid saying what kind of people those two guys are are, there must be a reason why those two guys started hitting her~~ Why not broadcast the whole thing and let the viewer see what was going on? Hitting people is wrong, but without someting to make them really angry, I do not think most men would hit a woman without reason. I really want to hear what that female driver said. Actually, it is not just Wuhan, most cities are the same, most public transportation drivers and fare collectors do not have the right service character.

If I was on the bus and did not stab those two guys a few times, then I was not raised by humans. I despise those other passengers. You can all just watch two men hitting a woman!!!

After being arrested, the Northeastern attackers were still very angry and said they would get revenge on the female bus driver. That is why in the second part of the news video a lot of Wuhan drivers are being interviewed after they wrote letters demanding that the police ensure their safety and harshly punish the attackers.

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  • That is bonkers- those two guys are leathering that bus driver like it was a gang fight.

  • will

    thats pretty savage…… i’m curious what the wuhan driver said to make them get crazy

  • Kai

    Yeah, I think so too, though that’s excessive force if there ever was one and accuse me of outdated mode of sexist chivalry but against a woman, that’s just wrong.

    Lesson of the Day: Don’t fuck with 东北人.

  • Veer Left

    This is SO typical in this country. Everyone just sits and watches because they haven’t been programmed with ‘the correct response’. Maybe if a laowai had yelled at her they’d have done something…for solidarity.
    So, no…I’m not surprised that nobody defended her. Just disappointed.

  • Ck

    I have seem one of other video about the driver get beaten up by passenger while ago, but that driver was a man, and I am feeling so bad about this lady…

  • krdr

    Is so typical to any country that everyone just sits and watches. In Europe, bus drivers are in glass cages for protection. Even here in Serbia.

  • Chinamerican

    This is horrible. There’s no excuse for that kind of violence against anyone, male or female. It doesn’t matter what she said or if she came off cocky – words and attitude are never enough to justify hitting someone, much less ganging up on someone like that.

  • Veer Left

    Actually, I would question that it’s typical everywhere. The kids had no weapons, in Canada they would likely have gotten their asses beaten by some enraged passengers. Seen it go down.

  • Sexy Fat Buddha

    I can’t stand these northern monkeys.

  • Kai was brilliant, “Lesson of the Day: Don’t fuck with 东北人”.

    Chinese like to claim 5,000-year civilization. In my opinion, we are not quite civilized yet, no matter how many times we repeat 5,000 years because we don’t even treat our own people nicely.

    Most Northeasterners originated from Shandong, the birth place of Confucius. How more Chinese can you be than that? So we speak authentic Chinese, no accent.

    My mother travelled all over China (work related) and she despised some southern people. Just give you an example how wicked they could be. My mother asked a Shanghais for direction and she ended up more lost in a hot summer day because the direction led her to a dead end.

    That was before the reform and now with all that glitz, I feel terribly sorry for the migrants and dare not to imagine the insults they must endure in Shanghai. The skyline there doesn’t awe me at all for I know there is no decency under it.

    I condemn any men beating up any women. But I doubt that the bus driver was a lady herself. I would have smacked her face if she had called me a “whore”, and who could blame my man feeling very angry too? Why didn’t anyone help the bus driver? Maybe everyone felt she deserved it.

    Anyway, if anyone wants to spill shits out of you mouth to Dongbei Hu, don’t be surprised that we might beat the shits out of your ass. That is how the shits should exit.

    Again, Kai was brilliant, “Lesson of the Day: Don’t fuck with 东北人”. I like it a little bit milder, “don’t mess with Northeastern Tiger.

    • jordan

      anyone who uses “if you arent nice to me ill beat you up” is either 13 or retarded, which are you?

    • Billy Joel

      so you don’t condemn women who beat up men?

      get the fuck outta here.

    • visitor

      东北人 tend to be more violent than Southern Chinese. Of course it depends on the specific individual(s) you are dealing with, but one average this is true. Southern Chinese will tend to bicker forever and walk away, Northeast Chinese start swinging without arguing. I knew quite a few Northeast Chinese who just like to go around looking for fistfights. They also treat their women like crap. In business, the Northeast Chinese I met tend to blow a lot of hot air but don’t do anything, Southern Chinese are more cautious but get more done.

  • @Sexy Fat Buddha,

    ” can’t stand these northern monkeys.”

    Hi, dwarf southern bugger eater, at least we are tall enough to look down at you.

  • Southern Chinese give Chinese bad names. They are terribly stingy and greedy, and they are liars and cheaters. Their restaurants in America are often dirty and their employees are the most exploited people. I hate those babbling Cantonese or whatever, and it is rude to people around.

  • Entropy_Rising

    Haha, this must be the harmonious society everyone seems to be talking about.

  • kriss

    If the guy was a laowai there was for sure a
    hero-of-the-moment ready to kick the bad foreigner devils ass…such as i saw in Beijing this year,2 months before the olimpics
    a foreign guy just slapped a taxi driver and he was surrounded by almost the whole neigbourhood,2 guys also came for a @toccata e fuga@,punch his head and just ran away… then he was carried by the police away.

    Different story for a chinese guy who punched a foreign woman…police arrived and they just tried to convince the woman to let it go…

  • Veer Left

    Yeah, I was involved in a few squabbles over the years. The general populace seems to love to band together…even if you are the one being assaulted.

  • Southern people are snobbish, but wimpy. Remember those embarrassing Shanghai police? They were probably corrupted like police everywhere else and definitely much meaner to “outsiders”. They probably had no problem beating up a handcuffed guy, but completely freaked out when that guy was freed and killed six of them later.

    This bus driver probably screamed and yelled at passengers like herding animals all the times. This time, the bitch took it further and called our Northeastern women “whores”. I don’t agree that men should ever beat women, but heck with it if that would teach Wuhan people a lesson not to abuse Northeastern people.

    Warning to all non Northeastern Chinese, harass and insult Northeastern Tigers at your own risk. Some of us might defend our dignities fiercely and by all means.

    • Billy Joel


      northeastern chinese poor and malnurished, how can they be strong?

  • will


    So are you saying that all Chinese south of the Dongbei region are a bunch of assholes?

  • 哈哈哈


  • Sexy Fat Buddha

    Chinese people despising other Chinese people or Chinese ‘men’ kicking a Chinese woman in the face. Is this all you have achieved after 5000 years? What a wonderful harmonious society.

    • couldberabbit

      It’s not their fault, 60 years of programming by the CCP. Keep brother jealous of brother, neighbor envious of neighbor, and province against province. Then the CCP can continue to be as corrupt as they want to be.

      As long as one region hates the other, there will always be solders to send to put down the coming economic driven revolution.

      • couldberabbit you are fucking dumbass. It’s unfortunate, but shit happens all the time. You guys think this is crazy? Then I welcome you all to North America and check out the “fun environment” we have here. It’s not any one political party’s fault that Asia is so populous and that people struggle often for their own space. According to your argument, there shouldn’t be corruption in Japan, S. Korea, or Taiwan. But is that so? Not at all, you are just a dumbass who knows no common sense except the bullshit that’s coming out of your mouth.

        • couldberabbit

          Hey Bo, spit your john’s wang out of your mouth. Get up off your knees and look around you idiot (I’d call you a moron, but you’ve chosen to be an idiot).

          You must be one of those fat fudge packers who have your lips firmly locked onto the government tit. No ball busting or hard labor for you, right? Just use daddy’s connections and live the life of Riley. How nice for you.

          I bet you were one of those dumb asses marching through the streets over turning Japanese cars and burning Japanese restaurants. Did you help kill the Korean girl whom your group mistook for a Japanese student?

          It hurts your little ego to know how tenuous your hold on that tit really is? Someday, the peasants are going to rise up and throw the yoke your granddaddy threw on them 60 years ago. And when they do, who is going to wipe your shit encrusted little entitlement ass. Has daddy given you the access codes to your off shore accounts? My guess is when that day comes you’ll be moving to America or Europe perhaps Japan, with all the other little emperors.

          Nice post for someone who still reaks of mothers milk…

        • couldberabbit

          Oh, and I thought it was cute, you pretending to be an American. Nice try ass hat. Any American watching this video would be appalled. You just find it a chance to attack a laowai for daring to speak up about something that they clearly couldn’t possibly understand because I’m not Chinese. Idiot is really too kind a word for your type. How about Wubaya, it fits you better…

          • hahaha, what a motherfucking imbecile, COULDBERABBIT, first all, I really should be, but then again I’d feel sorry for you if I started to poke fun @ your piss-poor English you low life piece of a scum. Anymore of those smart ass remakes you gonna pull out of your ass? You obviously live in a deep, dark place where there’s no light or air, ’cause otherwise you wouldn’t be spurring such idiotic remarks, I’ve heard of more meaningful shit coming out from an insane asylum. Looks like you got some bones to pick with the Chinese Communist Party? Well sorry to disappoint you, only my grandparents were party members, I am NOT, I grew up in North America, but I visit China often. There are a lot of socialist and leftists – myself being one of them – that critically analyses the mistakes and achievements that Communist and Socialist parties have made in the past, and I am proud to admit that I vote NDP (a Social-Democrat Party in Canada). I don’t know what’s your problem, maybe Master Lee of the Falungong movement is banging your mom or something, but instead of saying a bunch of shit which ultimately means nothing, let me tell you one thing: LESS TALK, MORE ACTION. If you really want to make a difference in this world, then do something meaningful. Both my parents are scientists doing research in Canada and the USA, I myself am training to be a physicist. What about you? Getting banged by anti-CCP fundraisers and redneck Republican Senator isn’t really a full time gig, if you get my drift.


          • Oh, and did I happen to mention? NO, I am NOT American. Frankly I find it an insult when I simply refer to the fact that I live in North America, the default nationality slapped on my face is that of the United States. Hello, there’s a fucking huge landmass called Canada to the North! Well, I’m not surprised, given how fucking stupid the typical American population is.

            US of fucking A, what are you guys famous for? Well, given that over 50% of your population don’t even believe in evolution, I think that’s a pretty damn good indicator of how smart your average citizens are. And note how I said “average”, sure there are a lot of smart Americans, the scientists and the democrats, as for the rest of you redneck republications, I’m sorry, you are NOT welcomed in Canada.

            Maybe when you get your family away from lynching visible minorities then can we sit down and have some civilized discussions.

  • bossman

    China is sliding back to its roots of shit… no matter how far we try o get ahead and equal western people we are always the weak shit people, thinking we so wonderful culture, but really I am feel like shit to be Chinese. I see people like this and think I don’t want to be in this country anymore.

  • Jis

    That could happen everywhere in the “western world” ,the only difference is probably about “guts” (aka nothing to loose against something to loose or a lot).

    From this point of view chinese are becoming more and more “modern”, they are more concerned about themselves than the others, such as in capitalistic countries

    • couldberabbit

      Not sure what part of the WESTERN world you are from, but the chances of a couple of 100 pound punks beating a female driver on a crowded bus happening in the parts of the Western world I’ve been in are next to 000.

      No “modern” here, just continuing a well established historical lesson, bullies rule in China. If you are Chinese be ashamed of your neighbors here. The Chinese Century, hahahahahahahahahahaha…

      • Boris

        You’re right. I’ve been to a lot of countries and I’ve NEVER seen anything like this.

  • SniperWZ

    Joyce, who do you consider to be Southern Chinese? I’m orginally from Jiangsu (north of the Yangzi river region) and I think I know what you’re talking about when you describe discrimination in Shanghai toward waidiren, but I think it’s a gross generalization to say Southern Chinese are all greedy, etc, etc…

  • SniperWZ

    Did anyone else notice that the original girl who argued with the bus driver was pretty good-looking?

  • Jis

    Discrimination along with predjudice and xenofobic attitudes against waidiren are just a matter fact for most big cities in China.
    I´m not waidiren,i´m a chinese speaking laowai and I do think that as an outsider I can probably judge without regional bias.
    In Shanghai,city I´ve been living for almost 6 years there s a strong xenofobic sentiment against every kind of waidiren (not to say against laowai which most of time is covered both by communications problems and mistrust,teh last a characteristic of post-cultural-revolution chinese people).In the eyes of shanghainese, Henan people are just cheaters,uighur people are thieves and violent people,tibetan are violent and unreasonable people,anhui people are just poor and guandong is “luan” (including people)….Also the habit of speaking with every customer shanghainese and with laowai instead of mandarin keep on speaking either shanghainese or english is for me an vulgar display of arrogance.

    • Alan

      Ah, the old harmonious society. Fear of the “other” or “divide” and conquer. I’ve had guang dong ren tell me all northerners are this and this, Hangzhou ren tell me all Xinjiang ren are so and so, and Shanghai ren tell me everyone from Henan is bad. Given all, I would say Cantonese are the most arrogant of all Chinese, I hear more racism there than I do in all other parts of China.

      Interesting posts though.

  • SniperWZ

    I noticed that, too, in Shanghai. I’m considered “poor” since I’m originally from Subei (northern Jiangsu province), but I’m actually a Chinese-American, still I like to pretend I’m straight from Jiangsu to get reactions from the Shanghainese. I think it’s generally agreed upon in rest of China that Shanghainese are overly materialistic and shallow…and bad market for guys looking for a girls who aren’t leeches…

  • will

    @ Jis

    whats “luan” (including people) mean?

  • b

    Joyce: Yes, How dare those southerners babble their own damned tongues. It just so pisses me off when people speak languages I can’t understand….wait, WTF?

    Hold on, let me see if I can find a wider brush for you to paint your generalizations of southerners with (that could be tough to find though). If we all stereotyped as you do, we’d assume you and the likes of the NE are all insecure scumwads who are so mentally shallow that mere words spark your inner man-beasts into full throttle?

  • Kai

    LoL, this thread has just become 100% awesome.

    @ SniperWZ: Yeah, noticed, and so did some of the Chinese commenters in the referenced forum threads it seems. Mwuahahahaha, excellent.

  • Kai

    Oh, and “spark your inner man-beasts into full throttle” will be the quote for the day.

  • Sexy Fat Buddha

    Sorry to be off topic, but who runs this site? I think it’s fucking great.

  • Chinamerican

    @ Joyce

    You are no better than them when you retaliate with similar ignorant, racist statements.

  • SniperWZ

    This is my favorite blog after ESWN, whoever is running this site is doing an awesome job!

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  • I can’t believe that any other passengers didn’t help her!

  • Gay Taiwan Boy

    haha, you guys can fight all you want about southern and northern people… but to the foreign eyes, this is a shame to the Chinese people…period!

  • bits


  • I have two things to say:

    1. It’s obviously wrong to beat someone in the street, or on the bus that you have an disagreement with.

    2. You guys posting comments: STOP BEING IMMATURE. We are all Chinese here! We are all one family. Even within the same family we could have quarrels, why can’t we all be mature and talk it out rationally, rather than calling each other names?

  • jordan

    I’m not sure if you are being sarcastic or you really are northeastern because you make your hometown look bad.

    Anyone i can think of would look down on you in China, or in the States, and if i see you i wont beat you up but i would think twice before supporting your business or helping you as a person.

  • 三鹿奶粉

    She deserves it.
    If I was there, I would beat her without doubt!

  • yu3

    shit shit !!!

    poor girl,nobody can help her??? I know the Chinese are cowards right !!! son of a bitch !!!!
    the (guys)umm no i prefer say fucking guys there, not of testicle,they are just bundles of shit !!!
    !!! son of a bitch !!!!
    !!! son of a bitch !!!!
    !!! son of a bitch !!!!

  • ozjenva

    Too many people in China, life appears to be very cheap. Not one person tried to assist that woman bus driver..shameful behaviour. Nothing to be proud of in a nation that turns a blind eye to savagery, like it never happened, and this is one of many Chinese videos I have seen like that.

  • Philippe

    Call me naive. I always thought chinese people were so peaceful… I dont understand this behaviour.
    I was in china several times and saw an amazing country, I never imagined that people were so separated.
    I am heart broken… I have the power to judge, but it is not judging that makes me better.
    So sad

    • Nitro

      Well Said!!!! But thats the reality we know its there just don’t believe its happening. i had no likes or dislikes untill my recent travels to china. i have to say northern chinese has less to no honor or dignity.

  • stendec

    where is justice? where the police? trial?

  • chinaguy with a heart

    Im chinese and i say: chinese people are weak and don’t stick up for what is right. Today most of the population is still like this. Grow a pair of balls my comrades!

  • China Shark Mike

    You know what I do not care whatever she said there is no way in the world you can rationalize beating someone like that. This kind of behavior gives a bad reflection on all Chinese people and it’s not about Northern people. It is about hateful violence to another human being.

  • I Love Cats

    Sorry to say, Bo Yang, But we are not all Chinese here. I am Estonian. Just saying. Anyway I’m not gonna say anything about about any Chinese, because I can’t judge them since I have never been to China. I live in Canada and I think Americans are just as smart as Canadians, sometimes more. Lol And I don’t care if you people say North Chinese are “violent” or whatever, it is simply inhuman to beat ANYONE for no reason like that. They are just INHUMAN. Poor bus driver!! I almost cried. What is wrong with the world. I really don’t know how I found this website by the way.

  • Holly

    Chinese guys can be such pussies. Hitting a girl like that. Do that to me and I’ll FUCK YOU UP SON.

  • John Wayne

    Find ’em and hang ’em!!

  • People who used violence on others must be punished very severely so that they will not dare to repeat the offence again.

  • samuel welsh

    this guy should stay in rehad until he respects human life.
    I am sure most chinnese people are shocked with what he did to the lady passenger.