You probably have already read through Part I here, which chronicled the top five most clicked on Shanghaiist stories from January to June. Now here’s Part II: the top five stories you guys read for the rest of the year.
5. Awesome timelapse video of one man’s 4,500km walk from Beijing to Urumqi
We thought that German national Christoph Rehage’s trip, where he shaved his head in the fall of 2007 and then proceeded to walk from Beijing to Urumqi on foot (all 4,500 km of it) was awesome. You guys agreed, propelling this story up the ranks.
4. Awesome interview of the day: Zhang Yifang, physics professor and UFO enthusiast
Hmmm, maybe the trick to getting people to click is to put the word “awesome” in the title. Either that, or you guys were just psyched to discover China’s obsession with UFOs, especially when one guy was crazy enough about them to start an International Astronomy Year and Extraterrestrial Life Forum in Kunming.
3. Videos: “Chocolate Girl” Lou Jing on Oriental Angel
Lou Jing, the half-black beauty who appeared as a representative of Shanghai on the variety talent show “Let’s Go Oriental Angel,” sparked debate on what it means to be differently colored in China and still Chinese when netizens tore her apart over her race. So we went a-searching for the videos that got Chinese internerds into a huff, and found them. Turns out Lou Jing’s appearance on Oriental Angel was equal parts silly, honest and played up for maximum emotion. Also, the words “chocolate girl” were used over and over again.
2. Foxconn employee committed suicide over iPhone leak interrogations?
We were shocked to find out what was going on behind the scenes at the factories that make our favorite musicsmartphone, and so were you. Sun Danyong, a Foxconn employee, was said to have committed suicide because of the humiliation he suffered after losing an iPhone prototype. Foxconn admitted that security may have used “inappropriate interrogation methods” such as searching Sun’s house, holding Sun in solitary confinement and possibly beatings.
1. CNN, BBC and AFP reporters accosted by umbrella-wielding “undercover” police at Beijing’s Tiananmen Square
Tiananmen Square became the location of one of the silliest forms of censorship we’d ever seen last June when various foreign news anchors were set upon by umbrella-wielding police men when they tried to report on a sensitive anniversary. It was hilarious.
Less hilarious is the censorship efforts the government has put in place since then, but what can you do (except invest in a good vpn)?