The annual CCTV Spring Festival Gala aired on Thursday and featured a standard spectacle of elaborate musical performances and special guests, most importantly this 15-year-old girl who sort of just twirled around on stage for four hours straight.
Wei, the niece of famous Chinese dancer Yang Liping, said that her performance stood for the ‘passing of time’ and the ‘changing of seasons’. Her spinning, she said, is a form of ‘spiritual cultivation’.
She managed to break the record for the longest spinning session when she swirled about for four hours straight until midnight.
Netizens were, for the most part, impressed by Wei’s balance and grace. Others likened her to a wind-up spinning toy that simply could not stop.
The gala is arguably the most-watched television event in the world, and hundreds of millions of people tuned in on Thursday to watch special appearances by French actress Sophie Marceau, classical pianist Lang Lang and South Korean actor Lee Min Ho, among many more.