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Top 10 Time Killers of 2011

charliemelvoin, Tuesday, January 10 2012

While it’s fair to say that people nowadays are engaged in an unprecedented amount of procrastination activities, killing time is certainly better than killing other things. This list of the top 10 time killers (时间杀手) from the past year sheds light on major cultural phenomena that swept the nation, providing billions of hours of entertainment. [...]

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More so than usual, this top 10 list provides food for thought. Along with celebrity gossip, international politics, and sporting events, food safety issues (食品安全) are, alas, a staple of the most searched and discussed items.
Over the past year, everything from water to watermelons seems to have come under scrutiny, causing people both inside and [...]

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Top 10 Social Concerns of 2011

bettytian, Friday, January 6 2012

1. Japan Earthquake 日本地震 Rìběn dìzhèn – It wasn’t just the devastating 9.0 magnitude earthquake of March 11 2011 that earned this keyword phrase the number one spot. According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, the country has experienced a total of 6757 aftershocks following the March 11th earthquake and tsunami. And of course there was [...]

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What’s your ideal getaway? Using data from the past year, Baidu has compiled a list of netizens’ top 10 dream vacation spots (梦想之旅). The destinations run the gamut, evident by the list’s bookends: the Maldives and the North/South Poles. It’s also worth noting that three out of the 10 locations are in Tibet. Check out [...]

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Top 10 New Dream Professions of 2011

bettytian, Wednesday, December 28 2011

1. Wedding planner 婚礼策划师 hūnlǐ cèhuàshī – Those who dream of the perfect wedding but don’t have the time to spare from their busy work schedules hire professional wedding planners to make their dreams come true. Wedding planners can be seen as the “chief directors” of wedding ceremonies. From the Chinese weddings we’ve been to, [...]

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Top 10 Strange Phenomena of 2011

bettytian, Tuesday, December 27 2011

1. Xiao Yueyue Incident 小悦悦事件 xiǎo yuèyuè shìjiàn – The security camera footage of 2 year-old Xiao Yueyue being ignored by 18 strangers after getting ran over by two cars served a huge blow to the Chinese netizens’ morale. Microblogs and online forums overflowed with pessimistic reflections about the country’s moral decline. Here’s an in-depth [...]

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Top 10 Urban Dreams of 2011

bettytian, Monday, December 26 2011

1. Lose weight 减肥 jiǎn féi –The “little emperors” are all grown up, and are paying the price for carefree childhoods blessed with dietary abundance.
2. Buy a home 买房 mǎi fáng– Rent usually takes a good chunk out of a working person’s salary, and many dream of the day when they can leave the rent-paying [...]

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For better or worse, the Internet can turn the most random person into a celebrity. Baidu has just released its list of the 10 most popular Internet figures in 2011, begging the question: What does it take to earn this title? Talent? Humor? Beauty? Nudity? Shamelessness or a superhuman tolerance for embarrassment?
Many of the people [...]

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