Yesterday, representatives met in Dongguan for the city’s Lianghui or “two meetings,” a pair of sessions of the local People’s Congress and CPPCC to decide the city’s future.
While they were meeting inside the halls of power, a local journalist was on the scene recording the insane amount of personalized license plates in the parking lot.
Lucky numbers are a pretty big deal in China, and driving around a car with the right sequence of numbers can be a serious status symbol, and also cost you about as much as a cheap car.
Generally, even numbers are overwhelmingly favored, particularly the number 2 (all good things come in pairs), the number 6 (in Mandarin it sounds like the word for “flowing, smooth, frictionless”) and of course the number 8 (in Mandarin it sounds like the word for “prosperity, wealth” and in Cantonese it sounds like the word for “fortune).
The number 9 is also acceptable though since there are said to be 9,999 rooms in the Forbidden City. Who wouldn’t want to ride around like the emperor?
After scanning through the pictures, netizens weren’t exactly thrilled with the sort of people taking part in the meeting and deciding (or rubber-stamping) their future:
“How exactly does a meeting filled with these kind of big shots represent the common people,” asked one Weibo user.
“Capitalists together under one roof,” commented another.
“Lianghui: Rich people meet to decide how the poor should live,” wrote another netizen.
“These tuhaos are supposed to represent me?” questioned another web user.
Though netizens can likely agree with this license plate…
[Images via NetEase]