Orgies, Tiananmen & Bo Guagua: Top Posts of 2012

The year 2012 was like no other for China watchers: breaking stories full of political intrigue, sex scandals, natural disasters, murder, and a transition to a new generation of leaders. Which stories were most popular on CDT? The answers may surprise you. Below we list the top ten most viewed stories for all of 2012 on both CDT English and CDT Chinese:

    Top Ten Most Viewed Stories in 2012 – CDT English:

10. Bo Guagua: Son of a Fallen Princeling, April 14, 2012
9. Wang Lijun: Tip of the Iceberg?, February 13, 2012
8. Sichuan Earthquake Likely Manmade, December 13, 2012
7. Behind the Scenes: Tank Man of Tiananmen, June 3, 2009
6. Directives from the Ministry of Truth: Naked Officials, August 13, 2012
5. China Begins to Turn Against Iran, January 19, 2012
4. Orgy Photos Making Awkward Waves on Web, August 16, 2012
3. Sensitive Words: The Tiananmen Edition (Update), June 3, 2012
2. Zhang Ziyi Denies Bo Rumours, May 30, 2012
1. Photos: Bo Xilai (薄熙来)’s Red Text Campaign and Bo Guagua (薄瓜瓜)’s Award in Britain, May 23, 2009
(Moved up from #5 in 2011)

    Top Ten Most Viewed Stories in 2012 – CDT Chinese

(Headlines translated by Anne Henochowicz)

10. Inconsistencies in Refutation of Naked Photos of Lujiang Officials; Netizens Pick Them Apart (Photos)
庐江官员裸照辟谣前后矛盾 网民吐槽分析各施其才(图), August 9, 2012
9. CDT Photo Gallery: Ningbo PX Protests (Photos Deleted from Sina Weibo) 1
数字时代图集:宁波px示威(新浪微博被删图片)1, October 27, 2012
8. Xi Jinping’s Daughter Attends Seminar on Bo Xilai Affair
习近平女儿现身薄熙来风暴研讨会, May 19, 2012
7. Bei Keqin: Complete Written Record of “Documents Transmitted by the CCP General Office” on Bo Xilai, Wang Lijun
倍可亲:“中央办公厅传达文件”
关于薄熙来、王立军部分的文字实录, March 17, 2012
6. Apply Daily: Government Tacitly Allows Protest; “Anti-Japan” Becomes “Anti-Government”
苹果日报|官方默许示威 反日变反政府, September 16, 2012
5. The Riddle of Hu Jintao’s Rise

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