When the Guangzhou Daily uploaded a photo of a street vendor to Weibo, the reporter was doing it to commend the seller for remaining friendly and happy despite being chased away by chengguan 7-8 times a day. Netizens soon noticed something much more important about this vendor in particular however: he fiiine.
#潮汕帅哥# (Handsome Chaoshan Guy) was soon trending on Weibo, with many netizens commenting that they’d like to chase this Chinese version of Ridiculously Photogenic Guy themselves. Others commented that Handsome Chaoshan Guy bore a striking resemblance to Thai-German model Mario Maurer. As of writing there are over 128,000 discussions under the Handsome Chaoshan Guy tag.
The man in question, Ji Zezhi was slightly overwhelmed by the attention and initially deleted his personal Weibo account, though it is now back online.