Danwei’s Jeremy Goldkorn translates a joke currently being passed around on Sina Weibo and beyond:
There is a village that only has one restaurant. Everyone in the village has to eat at that restaurant.
Villager: Why can’t we have more than one restaurant?
Waiter: Our village is in a stage of development where more than one restaurant can lead to chaos, so we only have one restaurant.
Villager: But the food here is really not good!
Waiter: Our restaurant has only been developing for a short time. Even if the food tasted worse than this, at least it’s our own food!
Villager: But can’t it be a little cheaper?
Waiter: That would not suit the conditions of our village; the restaurant also needs to develop.