Sometimes you’ll hear foreigners complain about “bad China days.” Well, here are ten of the very worst from the past year.
10) Russian English teacher vs. Chinese students’ mouths
While English language training centers in China are often a bit sketchy, it’s going to be hard to top a school in Shanghai that was forced this year to fire one of its teachers, a 25-year-old Russian woman, for taping at least two of her students’ mouths shut during class.
9) Volunteer laowai traffic cops vs Chinese motorists
Back in May, Shanghai police held a seminar to teach foreigners the “finer points of Shanghai’s traffic laws.” To test what they had learned, police later escorted the laowai outside to the intersection of Nanjing Road and Shaanxi Road, to see if they could spot any lawbreakers… it didn’t take too long. “I’ve stopped three or four violations already,” one trainee said.
8) Three fare-hopping foreigners with bikes vs. Shanghai Metro staff
When the three foreigners were confronted by Shanghai Metro staff about their fare-hopping, not to mention their bikes, they allegedly lashed out by cursing up a storm in English.
7) Foreign pole-dancer vs. Tianjin subway commuters
One night in May, commuters inside the Tianjin Metro were treated to a surprise pole dancing show put on by a blonde-haired foreigner performing for them for around 20 minutes.
6) Foreign BASE jumper vs. Hunan police
If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. That’s how one foreign woman ended up BASE jumping off a suspension bridge in Hunan after earlier being physically stopped from doing so by Chinese police.
5) Brazilian students on scooter vs. Shanghai police
A Brazilian student in Shanghai found himself in some serious trouble with the law after allegedly running a red light on his motorcycle without a number plate that he was operating without a license while a cop tried to chase him down across the crowded intersection.
4) China vs. unqualified expats
Next year, all ye laowai prepare to be judged as China introduces a new “streamlined” work permit system. Are you an A, B, or C expat?
3) Foreign commuter vs. subway pickpocket
In a video that circulated around WeChat in July, a foreigner is seen slapping a suspected thief hard in the head, not once but twice, teaching him a brutal lesson. “Don’t you ever do that! Don’t you fucking ever take my phone again,” the laowai is heard telling the man between slaps in the 26 second long clip. “I’ll take you to the police right now.”
2) Dutchman vs. online girlfriend
A 41-year-old Dutchman was left heartbroken and stranded in the Changsha Huanghua International Airport after making the long journey from his home in Holland to surprise his 26-year-old online love interest who didn’t show up to greet him.
1) Sun Yang vs. Mack Horton
There was perhaps no more explosive feud this year than the one between Australian swimmer Mack Horton and Chinese swimmer Sun Yang in Rio. Before besting him in the 400 meter freestyle event, Horton called Sun “a drug cheat” setting off a vicious chain of events that eventually came to affect even 36-year-old British IT worker Mark Horton.
WE LEAVE YOU WITH THIS…
Check out last year’s top moments here.