20 Viral Videos from China in 2017

By That's, December 31, 2017

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201712/year-in-review-logo.jpgThose of us living in China might have been spared the tumultuous drama that our US counterparts have experienced in 2017, but like always, the Middle Kingdom has had its own fair share of attention-grabbing headlines. From the boom of shared bikes to a presidential visit from The Donald, our team has put together a list of 2017’s most unforgettable viral stories, recounting major events that defined the worlds of sports, tech, arts, fashion and food. Here’s to another year of eclectic, weird and wonderful life in China, we wouldn’t have it any other way. 


From the stunning to the downright bizarre, here are some of our top most viral videos from China in 2017.

1. Chinese School Students Recreate La La Land Opening Sequence

Students from Xiamen Foreign Language School made their own take on the hit song from the musical.


Outside of China? Watch on Youtube here.

2. Scooter Driver Loses It after Getting Pulled Over in China

See the traffic stop dancing video that's going viral on WeChat (plus a bunch of remixes).

3. Grandpa and Kids Show Off Amazing Dance Moves in China

Attention, dancing grannies: you've got some serious competition.


Outside China? Watch on Youtube here.

4. This Virtual Model of the Forbidden City Will Blow Your Mind

An aspiring 22-year-old architect in Zhuhai has created an awe-inducing recreation of an iconic Beijing landmark: the Forbidden City.


Outside China? Watch on YouTube here.

5. 12-Year-Old Steals Bus, Takes 6km Joyride in Guangzhou

Alerted to the situation by alarmed bystanders, police were dispatched immediately to intercept the rogue bus.

6. Women Try to Lift Car After Bad Parking Job in China

Unfortunately that is not how parking works.

7. WATCH: Chinese Man Drives Car Straight Into Roof?!

Another crazy driving video from China.


Outside of China? Watch on Youtube here.

8. Scooter-Riding Dog Spotted Yet Again in China

He's back!

9. Man Invents Genius Way to Eat Noodles

Why didn't we think of that?


Outside of China? Watch on Youtube here.

10. Teacher Destroys Students' Phones with Hammer

Teachers at a middle school in Nanyang City in Central China destroyed their students' cell phones in front of them.

11. Runaway Horses Stampede Down Suzhou Highway

The mini-stampede, reportedly comprised of nine horses, occurred on September 5.


Outside China? Watch on YouTube here.

12. 1,200 Drones Fly Over Guangzhou for Fortune Global Forum

The UAVs created a number of different aerial messages and images, including the phrase  'I ♥ GZ' and an all-red map of China.

13. Amazing Time-Lapse Captures Foggy Night in Shenzhen

That’s PRD's Sky Gidge recently set out to film nighttime time-lapses of Shenzhen – the resulting video is pretty cool (if you ask us, anyway).


Outside China? Watch on YouTube.

14.  Amazing Time-Lapse Journey Along Hong Kong's Winding Roads

A unique view, impressive city shots and a healthy dose of Hong Kong traffic: we love it!

Outside China? Watch on YouTube.

15. Runners Go to Wrong Finish Line at Chinese Marathon

An unexpected end to the Wuxi Marathon after the first and second place runners went to the wrong finish line.

16. Wang Jianlin Sings Heart Out at Wanda CNY Party

Who knew China's former richest man had a hidden talent for singing?

17. Jack Ma Performs Dressed Up as Michael Jackson for Alibaba Employees

These rich guys sure like to sing for their employees

18. Trump's Granddaughter Sings in Chinese for Xi Jinping

Xi said her Chinese deserved an A+.

19. Ostriches Run Amok on Highway in South China

This isn't the first time ostriches have caused havoc on a Foshan road.


Outside China? Watch on YouTube.

20. Grannies Perform Christmas Square Dance with Frying Pans in Guangzhou

This video of grannies square dancing with frying pans will put you in a good mood.


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