Chinese social media is awash with absurd stories from around the country. But what stories really stick? What elements and sentiment make a piece of content go viral.

Here HotPot Digital takes a look at three recent social media stories that have gone viral and their reasoning… See the full article here.


This recent popular story is about a middle school student cleaning the streets in a county in Shaanxi during her holidays. Generous and noble indeed, though aside from this what’s the major deal? The story’s virality during the Golden Week holiday is arguably down to several interlinked themes; some that stake their place as some of the oldest traditions in the Chinese psyche and some being by-products stemmed from modern-day societal issues.