Qingfeng Steamed Bun Shop is now the hottest place to dine in Beijing, thanks to Xi Jinping’s Saturday lunch there. The president waited in line, ordered his meal–six pork and green onion steamed buns (baozi), liver soup, and mustard greens–paid, and carried his own tray to a table. Over 400 customers lined up at Qingfeng the next day to order Xi’s meal, which soon sold out.
Netizens are of two minds about Xi’s lunch: some say it demonstrates Xi’s concern for the average Chinese citizen, while others say it’s no more than a “political show” (政治作秀). The first weibo images of Xi standing in line and ordering were posted by user @四海微传播, but official media soon picked it up as an example of “the policy of closeness to the people” (亲民的政策). Xi’s simple meal recalls the humble lunch of noodles enjoyed by Joe Biden and Ambassador Gary Locke in August 2011. (Image via @四海微传播/Weibo)