It’s halfway through December, and though many of us find it hard to believe (present company included) – 2011 is coming to a close. Sina has gotten ahead of the traditional media “this year in stories” gauntlet and put up their list of the year’s hottest & most forwarded stories on Weibo – how many did you catch?
Click the titles to read Shanghaiist’s coverage:
Wenzhou high speed rail accident
The most sensitive news story on the list, and also one of the most tragic and important stories to come out of China this year. The Wenzhou high speed rail accident that left over 40 dead and around 200 injured served as a harsh counterpoint to China’s breakneck development and also provided ammunition for Western commentators to rail against the Chinese government for lack of oversight.
Li Na wins the French Open
Li Na became the first Chinese player, man or woman, to win a Grad Slam title in June this year after taking the crown at the French Open.
Weibo anti-child-trafficking campaign
In some of the better news to come out this year, netizens have found a good use for Weibo in reuniting parents with their children who were kidnapped and coerced into begging.
China of course was very interested in the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan in March. Initially focused on providing relief and aid, China then worried for its own safety as radiation concerns arose due to a damaged reactor – causing a run on salt, rice and water.
Guo Meimei incident
China’s Red Cross was embroiled in a huge scandal this summer when brat Guo Meimei uploaded pictures of herself buying expensive handbags and driving Maseratis on Weibo. Meimei claimed to be an employee of the Red Cross, and the repercussions of her actions are still being felt today as the Beijing Red Cross faces a shortage in both blood and money donations.
Steve Jobs dies
The world was stunned by Steve Jobs’ untimely death, and Apple fans around China flocked to construct memorials outside China’s Apple Stores while Sina Weibo decked itself out in black-on-black in mourning.
Xie Na and Zhang Jie get married
We didn’t cover this one, but lots of people were talking about when Happy Camp hostess Xie Na and singer Zhang Jie finally tied the knot after dating since 2006.
Yueyue incident and ramifications
The story of Little Yueyue was perhaps one of the most shocking news events of the year. You can read all of Shanghaiist’s coverage here.
Death of Bin Laden
Along with the rest of the world, Chinese were just as caught up in the news of Bin Laden’s death.
“Bu Bu Jing Xin” airs on TV
“Bu Bu Jing Xin” (English: Startling by Each Step) is a popular TV show about a young woman who travels back in time from 21st century China to the 18th century Qing Dynasty. Among the cast include Liu Yuxin, who recently went viral on the Chinese internet when she wore a ridiculously tight outfit to a beauty festival.