People’s Daily posted on its Weibo account today these photographs of Xi Jinping ordering baozi in a Beijing restaurant. Patrons of the restaurant say that he waited in line and bought his own buns (photo evidence included).
Is Xi really the man about town we want to believe he is, or is it all just a cleverly orchestrated PR move manipulating the general masses’ love of steamed buns? We’ve been emotionally tugged around before during the Xi Jinping Taxi Scandal of Spring ’13.
Either way, the official Weibo accounts of People’s Daily, Xinhua and CCTV have all reposted pictures of the event, so it’s certainly Xi.
Here’s some photos. We’ve tried to make chronological order of the madness that ensued.
Update: Further details of the breaking story are beginning to emerge.
REVEALED: XI JINPING TODAY ATE 6 PORK BUNS, 1 DISH OF FRIED PIG LIVER & 1 DISH OF VEGETABLE. TOTAL PRICE: 21 RMB. VENUE: QINGFENG RESTAURANT
— George Chen (@george_chen) December 28, 2013