October 9, 20122 Comments

Chinese’ nonsensical answers to “Are You Happy” baffle CCTV and amuse netizens

Video and photos from Sina Weibo During the past eight-day Mid-Autumn and National Day holiday, China Central Television, the state broadcaster, aired a nine-part special series, titled “Reaching the Grass Roots: People’s Voices From Within”, featuring interviews of ordinary men and women in the streets by asking them if they feel happy. It is said that [...]

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September 4, 2012No Comments

Design FAIL: Suzhou’s Gate of the Orient looks like a pair of long johns

From NetEase “Gate of the Orient”, an immense structure under construction in Suzhou, Jiangsu province next to the Jinji lake, has been the talk of Chinese social media lately. Some netizens say that the Gate of the Orient looks like a pair of long johns or low-rise jeans. Others say that having the “Gate of [...]

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August 31, 20129 Comments


From Sina Weibo A Chinese reporter from the state-run Xinhua News Agency has become famous overnight on Sina Weibo after he kept pressing Victoria Nuland, spokeswoman for the U.S. State Department, for the U.S. stance on the disputed islands in East China Sea, known in China as Diaoyu Islands and in Japan as Senkaku Islands, [...]

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August 16, 201211 Comments

Chinese media praise Hong Kong activists’ landing on disputed Diaoyu Islands…with censorship

Wednesday afternoon, 14 activists from Hong Kong successfully landed on one of a set of disputed islands, over which Japan, China and Taiwan all claim sovereignty, and planted Chinese flags on the island as a gesture of declaring ownership. Chinese media, including the state broadcaster China Central Television, reported and lauded their patriotic feat, while [...]

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July 10, 20122 Comments

Latest Chinese Internet meme after CCTV’s ‘David Gate’–Dressing the nude in artwork

From NetEase China Central Television, the state-run national broadcaster, becomes a laughingstock after it blurred David’s penis in a newscast about an exhibition in the National Museum of China. The censors’ heavy hand to the Renaissance masterpiece created by the Italian artist Michelangelo has become the fodder for an Internet meme and inspired a new [...]

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July 9, 20122 Comments

Chinese state TV censors genitals of Michelangelo’s David; netizens amused

From Sina Weibo One man’s meat is another man’s poison. It seems that employees working at China Central Television find David, a masterpiece created by the Italian artist Michelangelo, so distasteful that they blurred David’s private parts in a newscast about an exhibition in the National Museum of China. The video clip and the picture [...]

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April 16, 20125 Comments

Latest product scandal exposed by state media: medicine capsules made from leather scraps

From Sina For years, underground workshops in China have been bleaching worn-out leatherwear and leather scraps with lime, processing them into a gelling agent and selling it to manufacturers of medicine capsules, according to an investigative report by China Central Television. Such capsules contain a high level of chromium, which, as a heavy metal, may [...]

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March 28, 20125 Comments

Just how much monthly income do you need to live an easy life in China?

The costs of living vary greatly across China, as does the average salary. National per capita monthly income for city dwellers in 2011 was 21,810 yuan ($3,461), which averages out at 1,817 yuan. In Beijing and Shanghai, where residents’ living standards are among the highest in China, per capita monthly income in 2010 was respectively [...]

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March 16, 20126 Comments

McDonald’s bitten by China’s state watchdog over food safety. Which side do netizens take?

On March 15, China’s Consumer Rights Protection Day, China Central Television wielded its camera at world’s largest fast food chain and exposed a number of dishonest and unsanitary practices – with its reporter masquerading as a busboy. However, the story takes a surprising twist, after the hashtag “I trust McDonalds more than I trust CCTV” [...]

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September 20, 20115 Comments

Photos: Netizens ridicule Shanghai’s architectural designs with photoshop

China has gone on a construction spree that strives for superlatives. State-of-the-art architecture has literally transformed the landscape and skyline of the ancient civilization into a glass-and-steel modern jungle. However, Chinese netizens do not always laud towering or sprawling edifices, among which are,  Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Shanghai Museum, Shanghai South Railway Station, the Bund [...]

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August 31, 20114 Comments

Chinese sexagenarian backpackers go around the world

A Chinese married couple have both reached 60 of age, and have remained playful nonetheless. After they retired from work, they decided to size up the world with their itchy feet. They finished their backpacking trip around the globe that spanned 180 days and over 20 countries in five continents, including the Antarctic. They even [...]

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July 15, 20114 Comments

CCTV repurposes Japanese porn star Sora Aoi’s photo in crime report

From Ming Pao In a news documentary program, Channel 12 of China Central Television (the law and society focused channel) displayed a photo of a female suspect of a murder case. Even though the photo had been blurred allegedly in an effort to protect the identity of the woman, eagled-eyed Chinese netizens immediately recognized that [...]

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July 8, 2011No Comments

Makeshift tiles, loose bolts…Rushing construction as Communist Party’s birthday gifts could cost money and lives

Less than ten days after its opening on June 28, a revamp of Nanjing South Railway Station is under way. Over 3,000 square meters (32,000 square feet) of granite tiles on the north square in front of the railway station has been destroyed, and brand-new granite tiles will be covering the floor after the revamp. [...]

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June 10, 2011One Comment

Picture: Nose of CCTV female reporter chopped off by stranger

From Beijing Morning News Yesterday afternoon, a microblog post published by a user named @dad胡嘉海 (“dad Hu Jiahai”) caused quite a stir on Chinese internet, “Shocked: at around 1 p.m. today at the east gate of the headquarters of China Central Television, a woman went outside from the TV station. A man came over and [...]

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April 22, 2011One Comment

Quick Update: Yao Jiaxin, the student murderer, is sentenced to death by local court Friday morning

Two week ago, MOT reported how a murder case has fueled Chinese public anger over the likelihood that the murderer might escape capital punishment. Yao Jiaxin, a 21-year-old student at the Xi’an Conservatory of Music in northwest China’s Shaanxi Province, knocked down a peasant woman named Zhang Miao while driving at around 11 p.m. on October [...]

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April 5, 201114 Comments

Chinese demand execution of a student, accuse state TV of siding murderers

Yao Jiaxin, a 21-year-old student at the Xi’an Conservatory of Music in northwest China’s Shaanxi Province, stabbed a peasant woman to death after hitting her with his car. Should he be sentenced to death?

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March 27, 20117 Comments

Picture of the day: In case Chinese don’t understand, Libyan protesters write slogan in Chinese characters

Since the beginning of Operation Odyssey Dawn, Chinese official media and authorities have been denouncing the U.S.-led multinational coalition forces for their intervention into Libya’s internal affairs for the sake of their hidden agenda. In China’s micro-blogosphere, liberal-leaning netizens have pointed out that China Central Television has been skewing the public opinion with their slanted [...]

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March 26, 2011No Comments

Picture of the Day: CCTV anchorwoman VS iPod nano

What does the China Central Television anchorwoman and iPod nano have in common? They both come in one model and yet various colors.

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January 27, 201166 Comments

China Central Television news suspected to have stolen fighter jet scenes from Top Gun

From MITBBS and Yahoo Xinwen lianbo (新闻联播), or News Broadcast, on China Central Television (CCTV), comes under fire again for its report of an air force training exercise on January 23. In the newscast, the way a target was hit by the air-to-air missile fired by a J-10 fighter aircraft and exploded looks almost identical to [...]

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January 2, 201113 Comments

RMB77 monthly rent in Beijing? Lie on TV involving Chinese President exposed by netizens

From Dapenti China Central Television’s news said that on January 1, 2011, Chinese President Hu Jintao brought his new year wishes to a neighborhood in Beijing. There he visited a low-income family who lives in a low-rent department – 77 yuan (US$12) a month – because of the Party’s policy to ensure the people’s welfare. [...]

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