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86 Viral China Innovations

— October 12, 2008 — World
The 2008 Beijing Olympics brought China's blend of ancient culture and up-to-the-minute innovations to the forefront of world news. Much of Chinese culture is still misunderstood, but it remains a fascination to outsiders.

For example, did you know that the number 8 is considered to be the luckiest in China? It sounds just like the word for 'prosper' or 'wealth,' two qualities that superstitious Chinese families believe they will attract by seeking out the number 8 whenever possible. The Chinese also believe that the more often a lucky number is repeated, the luckier it gets. That's why the Beijing Olympics began on August 8, 2008 (8/8/08). In China, phone numbers and street addresses that feature high concentrations of eights are in particularly high demand.

In keeping with this tradition, we've featured 88 items that originated from or were inspired by China. Although the cultural significance of some of these products are more Chinese take-out than Great Wall of China, they are ubiquitous nevertheless.
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Olympic Menu Tastings
Olympic Menu Tastings
Japanese Prepare For Chinese Food
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85
Buddhist Activists Protest China Online
Buddhist Activists Protest China Online
Digital Dharma
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84
Translating Culture
Translating Culture
Olympics Trigger Linguistic Makeover for Strange Chinese Meals
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83
Modernizing Chinese Festivals
Modernizing Chinese Festivals
Studio Leung Printable Offerings
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82
The Moon is Not for Sale (Although One Chinese Company Tried)
The Moon is Not for Sale (Although One Chinese Company Tried)
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81
$38 Billion Olympics
$38 Billion Olympics
China Spends Most, Expects Most Returns
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80
Olympic Etiquette
Olympic Etiquette
China's Rules for Beijing Games
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79
Cellphone Claims 1-Year Standby
Cellphone Claims 1-Year Standby
Chinese LionKing800
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78
Bloggers Defy Great Firewall
Bloggers Defy Great Firewall
Chinese Publishers Embrace Web
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77
Crying Graffiti
Crying Graffiti
Man Can Spurt His Tears 10 Ft
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76
Surviving Without "Made in China"
Surviving Without "Made in China"
Family Goes 1 Year Without Chinese Goods
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75
Chinese Are World's Most Active Texters
Chinese Are World's Most Active Texters
70% Prefer SMS to Email
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74
Disaster Baby Naming
Disaster Baby Naming
Chinese Earthquake Names
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73
Beijing Olympics Covered by Citizen Journalists
Beijing Olympics Covered by Citizen Journalists
GroundReport in China
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72
Olympic Fever Sparks Creativity
Olympic Fever Sparks Creativity
Chinese Cyclist Promotes Games
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71
"Chinglish" For Beijing Olympics
"Chinglish" For Beijing Olympics
Chinese English Hybrid Lingo
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70
Gadgets to Bypass The Great Firewall of China
Gadgets to Bypass The Great Firewall of China
Freedom Stick for Beijing Olympics
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69
Super Slender MP3 Players
Super Slender MP3 Players
CVSJ-1304 by Chinavision is World's Thinnest
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68
More Bizarre Baby Naming
More Bizarre Baby Naming
Chinese Parents Try To Name Kid "@"
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67
Obama in China Olympic Broadcasts
Obama in China Olympic Broadcasts
Sen. Spends $5 Million on NBC Ads
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66
Chinese Oreos
Chinese Oreos
Kraft Reformulates Cookie For New Market
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65
Viral Olympic Dances
Viral Olympic Dances
Beijing Olympic Army Remix
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64
$76,000 Neon Crystals
$76,000 Neon Crystals
Daum's Chinese Zodiac Busts
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63
Opulent Chinese New Year
Opulent Chinese New Year
InterContinental Hong Kong Luxury Getaway
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62
Top 6 Baby Naming Oddities + 3,500 Chinese Parents Name Kids "Olympics"
Top 6 Baby Naming Oddities + 3,500 Chinese Parents Name Kids "Olympics"
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61
Soda & Chinese Herbology Fusion
Soda & Chinese Herbology Fusion
Coca-Cola Herbal Drinks
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60
Sex Changes For Trees
Sex Changes For Trees
Chinese Poplars Undergo Operations to Reduce Pollen
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59
Instruments Inspire Architecture
Instruments Inspire Architecture
Chinese Design
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58
Modern Chinese Architecture
Modern Chinese Architecture
Enormous Exhibition Complex
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57
Fake Melted Wax
Fake Melted Wax
Candle Drips Made of China
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56
China's Designated Protest Zones
China's Designated Protest Zones
Beijing Prepares for Olympic Anger
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55
Dog Hired to Welcome Customers at Chinese Store
Dog Hired to Welcome Customers at Chinese Store
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54
Fake Food Flash Drives
Fake Food Flash Drives
4 GB of Chinese Mooncake
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53
China and Georgia Citizen News Coverage
China and Georgia Citizen News Coverage
Letting the People Report
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52
Controversial Earthquake Fashion Photos
Controversial Earthquake Fashion Photos
Chinese Magazine Closed After Racy Rubble Pics
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51
Record Breaking Olympics
Record Breaking Olympics
China's Beijing Olympic Games is Most Watched Event EVER
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50
Olympic Sex Testing
Olympic Sex Testing
China Sets Up Lab (Blame Pregnant Man?)
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49
Beijing Olympic Controversies
Beijing Olympic Controversies
Iran To Broadcast Female Competitors from China?
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48
Shanghai Bike-Sharing
Shanghai Bike-Sharing
China's Eco-Conscious Transit
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47
Chinese Internet Addict Camp
Chinese Internet Addict Camp
Rehab For Web Addicts
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46
Olympic Beauty Training
Olympic Beauty Training
Chinese Award Girls Get Groomed
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45
Chinese Anime For Motorola
Chinese Anime For Motorola
Xiao Xiao RAZR2 Ad
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44
Chinese Government Bans Western Adult Pop Culture Items
Chinese Government Bans Western Adult Pop Culture Items
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43
Chinese Fashion Designers in Paris
Chinese Fashion Designers in Paris
Jefen's Catwalk Surprise
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42
Beijing Olympic Games Opening Highlights
Beijing Olympic Games Opening Highlights
Advanced Techology Light Show
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41
Luxury Retreats  in China
Luxury Retreats in China
Fuchun Resort
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40
China Tourism Music Videos
China Tourism Music Videos
Beijing Welcomes You
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39
Chinese Olympic Money
Chinese Olympic Money
Bank Notes Commemorate Beijing Games
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38
Beijing Olympic Hero Ads
Beijing Olympic Hero Ads
China Boxer Zou Shiming for Nike
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37
China Beer Cans
China Beer Cans
Eccentric Chinese Sculptures
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36
100,000 Men on Segways
100,000 Men on Segways
Security Guards at China Olympics
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35
Chinese Takeout Lamps
Chinese Takeout Lamps
Fast Food Home Decor
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34
China Fashion to Hype Beijing Olympics
China Fashion to Hype Beijing Olympics
China International Fashion Week
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33
Olympic Executions in China
Olympic Executions in China
Amnesty International Shot Ad
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32
Toys of Chinese Millionaires
Toys of Chinese Millionaires
Affluent Asians Want Aircrafts and Yachts
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31
East meets West Jewellery
East meets West Jewellery
Chinese Silk Under Glass
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30
Leaked Olympic Rehearsals
Leaked Olympic Rehearsals
China Furious over Footage
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29
Faking Olympic Fireworks
Faking Olympic Fireworks
Beijing Olympic Footprints were CG Fakes
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28
Human Powered Mini Cooper
Human Powered Mini Cooper
Beijing Olympic Mini Rickshaw
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27
Bamboo Graffiti
Bamboo Graffiti
From China to Australia
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26
Beijing Olympic Kitsch
Beijing Olympic Kitsch
Tacky BJ2008 Souvenirs
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25
Olympic Street Style- Beijing Locals Embrace the Celebrations
Olympic Street Style- Beijing Locals Embrace the Celebrations
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24
Chinese Child Ball
Chinese Child Ball
New Sport or a Bubble for Babysitting?
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23
Adult Fetuses
Adult Fetuses
Organ Donation Ads for Red Cross China
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22
Controversial 2008 Beijing Olympics Ads
Controversial 2008 Beijing Olympics Ads
Benetton: Tibet vs China, 'Victims'
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21
Manimals
Manimals
Animals of the Chinese Zodiac
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20
Sartorial PDA
Sartorial PDA
Co-Ed Matching Outfits in China
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19
Miniature China Monuments
Miniature China Monuments
Beijing Lego Sports City
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18
Beijing Olympics on Google Earth
Beijing Olympics on Google Earth
3D Aerials of China
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17
Hip Night Clubs in China
Hip Night Clubs in China
Beijing's ChinaDoll
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16
Olympic Fashion Spreads
Olympic Fashion Spreads
China Vogue
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15
Life-Sized Paper Houses
Life-Sized Paper Houses
Chinese Architect Responds to Sichuan Earthquake
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14
Chinese Fake Brands
Chinese Fake Brands
From Pmua to Cnoverse
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13
China Olympics Influence Fashion
China Olympics Influence Fashion
Lucy Liu in Harper's Bazaar
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12
International Eco-Cities
International Eco-Cities
Singapore and China Team Up for Tianjin
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11
Bizarre Energy Drinks
Bizarre Energy Drinks
Chinese Deer Penis Wine
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10
Beijing Olympic Scandals
Beijing Olympic Scandals
9 Year Old Singer Was A Phony
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9
Childish Naughty
Childish Naughty
Hottest Souvenir in China: The Pee Pee Boy
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8
Naked Pushups at Famous Landmarks
Naked Pushups at Famous Landmarks
Patriotic Chinese TV Host Ou Zhihang
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7
Olympic Condoms
Olympic Condoms
Elasun Ads Go Viral in China
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6
Chinese Olympic Torture Techniques
Chinese Olympic Torture Techniques
Amnesty International's Beijing Awareness Ad
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5
Earthquake Weddings
Earthquake Weddings
Photos in the Wake of the China Quake
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4
Toilet-Themed Restaurants (Update)
Toilet-Themed Restaurants (Update)
Now in China, Expanding Globally
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3
Beijing Street Style
Beijing Street Style
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2
Beijing Olympic Opening Ceremony Video
Beijing Olympic Opening Ceremony Video
Official Footage
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1
Badass Females in Motorbike Chases
Badass Females in Motorbike Chases
Sizzling FHM China Shoot (SUPER HOT)
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