Looking back on the year in review, we’ve had a lot of wonderful videos that could use a second viewing. In fact, some of our favorite content from the past year has been in video form: from the crazy ghost town of Ordos to utterly ridiculous Chinese viral videos, these videos have caught our collective fancies. Without further ado, Shanghaiist presents the best videos of 2009.
Video: China’s own little Michael JacksonThe King of pop is dead, but his spirit lives on, and nowhere was MJ fever as pronounced as in China. We ask you: what better homage is there than a Chinese schoolboy giving us his version of “Beat it?”
Video: Handsome Furs Live at YYT
We absolutely adored the Handsome Furs concert at Yuyintang back in September, and Daedalum Films captured the magic of the show. The song is “Legal Tender” from their album Face Control. Awesome is an understatement.
Video: The Enlivened Shanghai jump rope skippersDid you know Shanghai had a jump rope enthusiast team? Neither did we until we stumbled upon this pretty awesome video on Youku. While we could’ve done without the silly soundtrack, we were mighty impressed by their jump roping shenanigans. Watch these kids share ropes, switch ropes, do double back flips between ropes and off each other without missing a beat.
Ordos: That’s where we’re off to next!
Out of all the bizarre places in China, we’d have to say that this might be the creepiest: in the southwestern part of the Inner Mongolia region lies the spanking new and ultra-modern Ordos City (鄂尔多斯), which government officials have raised from the desert in just five years with tonnes of public money. The only problem is, nobody’s moved in from the old Ordos City, located just 30 kilometres away.
Video: Chinese people can’t tell you what Communism meansWhen they changed over the system from Maoist Communism to “Socialism with Chinese characteristics” (as Hu Jintao put it during the last 60th anniversary parade), the CCP apparently decided not to tell anyone what the C in their name really meant. At least according to this video by Doing Business in China, which asks a bunch of Chinese people (some of whom are famous) to define “communism” – with dumbfounding results.
If you still can’t view some of the videos above, isn’t about time for a VPN?