Space rover dies on weibo! And more #thisweekinweibo


China recently accomplished its first moon landing, putting the automated rover Yutu on the moon.

Yutu, named after the legendary pet rabbit of Chang’e, the Chinese goddess of the moon, also has its own weibo account, which gained more than 230,000 fans in less than 2 months. 

However, Yutu had bad news last week. “Although I should’ve gone to bed this morning, my masters discovered something abnormal with my mechanical control system,” Yutu said, via its Weibo account. ”My masters are staying up all night working for a solution. I heard their eyes are looking more like my red rabbit eyes. Nevertheless, I’m aware that I might not survive this lunar night.”

Here are more of his posts:











News of the rover’s troubles generated extensive discussion on Chinese social media. “People not only hailed the authority’s openness to the accident, but also expressed concern,” it said. On Sina Weibo users began tagging their posts with the hash tag “#hang in there Jade Rabbit#”. Users also circulated comic strips depicting a rabbit on the Moon, and rabbit-themed pictures, while expressing their support for the rover.

What else is hot on weibo this week?

1. Top 10 Korean Beauties without plastic surgery #韩国公认10大零整容美女#

Ask netizens to pick their favourite Korean celebrities who haven’t had any plastic surgeries (plastic surgery is very acceptable in Korea. A high percentage of Korean actresses have done some sort of plastic surgery).

2. I looked like that those years #那些年我长这样#

Hosted by Meitu (a photo edditing software and app, has developed into mobile phone business in recent years), a marketing campaign to encourage people to share the photos of their school years and now. Those who engage with this topic get the chance to win a Meitu 1C (aka the “selfie phone”).

3. iPartment Never Say Goodbye #爱情公寓4不说再见#

iPartment is a sitcom very similar to Friends. The recent season is rumoured to be the last season. i-fans are expressing their support of this TV drama and hope to watch more.

4. Hang in there Jade Rabbit #玉兔挺住#

China’s moon rover Yu Tu (Jade Rabbit) had the Weibo account since the first day it was launched to the moon and it has been so popular on Weibo. Speaking in the first person, the account shared information about the rover, the moon and science. “He” recently sent a post saying some parts of him are not working and his masters are repairing for him. This post has been shared more than 40,000 times. 

5. Let the Red Envelope Fly #让红包飞#

Chinese New Year is coming this Friday, one billion red envelopes are ready to grab on Weibo! By retweeting or commenting the related post, you go into the prize draw. Weibo has collaborated with big corporations to give away prizes such as Taobao vouchers, iPads, Peugeots (!) etc. 

6. The 56th Annual Grammy Awards #56届格莱美#

It was a “Lucky” night for Daft Punk. They won 5 awards including the album and record of the year. New Zealand singer Lorde won record of the year and best pop solo performance. At the award ceremony, Chinese pianist Lang Lang performed “One” with Metallica.

7. Aliens Controlled the US #外星人控制美国#

Apparently, Edward Snowden recently claimed through Iranian media that the U.S. government has been controlled by aliens since the end of the World War II in 1945. Internal and external, aliens have been “guiding” the US government. Do you believe it?

8. Spring Festival Gala #春晚#

Hosted by CCTV Spring Festival Gala, the official Weibo account announced the program list and ask netizens which one they expect the most.

9. Our Time #我们的时代#

Hosted by Xiaomi (Chinese smartphone maker, known as “The Apple of China”), the company made a short movie Our Time to encourage young people to chase their dreams. It is also a marketing campaign that by commenting on the film, people get the chance to win a Xiaomi phone. 

10. Go Home Now #马上回家#

Study, work, marriage…There are hundreds of reasons to leave home, but only one reason to come home – the love for our parents. Nothing can stop us coming home, no matter how hard the situation is. Let’s share the photos of our families and hometowns. 


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