1.Wang Zifei - Chinese Obama girl
Wang Zifei (sina.com)
Wang takes off her conspicuous red coat.(sina.com)
Whether you consider President Obama's visit to China to have been a diplomatic success or not, it did manage to turn one young Chinese woman into the country's version of the infamous 'Obama Girl.'
Wang Zifei, an MBA student from Shanghai, happened to sit behind Obama during a town hall meeting, and being photographed removing her red coat was enough to catapult her into the media spotlight causing a huge stir in cyberspace.
In the wake of the incident, her blog clocked more than 1.3 million hits as she broke her silence to reveal the innocence behind the move. While others suggested she removed her coat on purpose creating a wave of interest. The truth remains unclear, but what can’t be denied is Wang certainly made a name for herself. She made it to the top of our list for 2009.
2.Ren Yueli - hand-to-mouth amateur singer with southing voice
Ren Yueli sings in an underpass of Xidan.(xidangirl.com)
Ren Yueli, an ordinary-looking girl, earned her livelihood by singing in an underpass of Xidan area, Beijing; her beautiful voice enjoyed with great appreciation from passers-by.
After a video of her singing was released online, millions of hits made her a sensation in cyberspace, with various Internet users moved by her melodious singing as well as her unyielding fortitude.
Just as in an inspiring movie, Ren’s fate changed as she was recognized for her singing and composing talents as well as her optimism, artlessness and indomitable spirit.
3.Zeng Yike - one of top10 Happy Girls of 2009
Zeng Yike (hunantv.com)
Happy Girls 2009, a Chinese version of “American Idol”, had passed its prime and strived to maintain its popularity until a contestant named Zeng Yike helped the show regain its popularity.
Zeng’s controversial singing stirred up widespread suspicion on the Internet questioning how her tremulous voice could qualify for the top 10. What’s worse, her so-called ‘original’ composition was exposed as an act of plagiarism, which further fuelled criticism and sarcasm from netizens.
Zeng’s controversy brought home to people the reality of reality shows. Economic value is superior to musical talent.
4.Kang Xiaohan - candied hawthorn beauty
Kang Xiaohan (news.163.com)
You probably wouldn't cast a second glance at the young girl on the street selling candied hawthorn (sugarcoated haws on a stick) if not for her youthful spirit and vivacious look.
Kang, 19, earns her livelihood by selling tanghulu at the south gate of Xi’an Jiaotong University. She should have studied on the campus like her peers, but she had to take on the responsibility of being self-supporting.
Her genuine smile and positive attitude won respect from her peers and fellow students.
5.Gong Mi - a Cecilia Cheung lookalike
Cecilia Cheung (L) and Gong Mi. (ifensi.com)
Another controversial contestant of Happy Girls 2009 was Gong Mi, who became a hit in various online forums for her resemblance to Hong Kong superstar Cecilia Cheung.
Gong was frequently in the news, first due to her good look, then a rumor that it took plastic surgery to achieve her stunning beauty. The latest rumor was over claims her manager was actually Cheung's first agent.
Gong withdrew from the Happy Girls contest due to illness, with her original goal for fame already achieved.
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6.Kong Yansong - long-legged beauty
Kong Yansong (mop.com)
At 1.78 meters tall, Beijing Sport University student Kong Yansong is probably used to staring eyes looking admiringly at her super-long legs. But even this pretty student didn’t realize how she would become an Internet sensation after photos started to circulate in cyberspace.
She was selected by netizens as the winner of a beautiful legs competition, her biggest characteristic being her pair of extremely slender legs.
Her photos have been widely circulated on the Internet with most people showing their appreciation for her stunning figure. Some, however, have questioned if her height, or the photos, are actually real.
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7.Meng Kunyu - most handsome traffic cop in Beijing
Meng Kunyu (media.ifeng.com)
For most a traffic police officer is not always the subject of their immediate love or admiration. But Meng Kunyu’s accurate hand signals and patience while giving directions, earned him the title of "the most handsome traffic police officer in Beijing."
Meng Kunyu, who was born in the 1980s, is a traffic police officer from the Guanganmen Team of Xuanwu District Branch under the Traffic Administration Bureau of Beijing and became a hit after a group of admiring students made a video of him and uploaded it on to the web.
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8.Jia Junpeng - virtual character in cyberspace
A T-shirt with “Jia Junpeng, your mother is tellingyou to go home for your meal” slogan.(ranxudong.cn)
Everyone knows his name, but has no idea of his existence. Jia Junpeng is an Internet meme and popular catchphrase within China.
The post with the title in Chinese reads: "Jia Junpeng, your mother is telling you to go home for your meal" (贾君鹏你妈妈喊你回家吃饭) appeared on the Chinese portal Baidu for the games forum. Amazingly, after only six hours, it attracted more than 400,000 viewers and 17,000 replies, most of which were posted by young people.
This hot phenomenon soon circulated in cyberspace and the original sentence has millions of derivatives, such as “so and so, your mother is telling you to do this or that” The Internet wonder is hugely popular and considered collective entertainment for netizens with its sense of humor as well as charm of language.
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9.Gu Jiawen - bus beauty
Gu Jiawen (msn.ynet.com)
It was a post on a local bulletin board that led to www stardom for one pretty young bus ticket seller.
Gu Jiawen, 20, sells tickets aboard the No. 934 in Shanghai and lived in relative obscurity until a web posting highlighting her natural beauty was seen by hundreds.
Now as well as dealing with selling tickets, calling out stops or asking people to yield seats for senior citizens, Gu also has to deal with the affections of those who have seen her on the Internet.
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10.Lu Aiyan - impersonation talent
Lu Aiyan (rednet.cn)
He is the little comical genius who impressed cyberspace with his numerous facial expressions and timely lip-synching to the music of the late Michael Jackson.
Lu Aiyan and his aptly named 'Super imitation show' received more than 1.3 million hits in just three days, which made him the youngest web celebrity of 2009.
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