This map, compiled by sorting the most common Baidu queries about each of China’s provinces, provides a wonderful insight into the rich, the poor, and the polluted areas of the country. There’s no snow in Shanxi, Guangdongren eat monkeys, and Jiangsu is the grand winner.
The graphic was put together by Tea Leaf Nation, who give us some lovely insight into the world of Baidu:
Baidu’s name, which means “hundreds of times,” was inspired by an 800-year-old Song Dynasty poem about the persistent search for an ideal beauty in the midst of chaos. Those Chinese using the search engine are surely looking for reliable information in a chaotic Chinese Internet. But for outsiders looking to understand how China views itself, Baidu’s auto-completed questions are at least as illuminating as its answers.
They certainly are. And watch out for the nine-headed birds of Hubei.