Update: Links added.
In the brief time since the Chongqing government announced that Wang Lijun would be taking time away from his post as vice-mayor of Chongqing for “vacation-style therapy,” the phrase has risen to meme status. Weibo alone returns almost 50,000 results for the search term. Below are some sample netizen comments collected by the China Digital Times editors from Weibo, Google+, and Twitter. Read the original comments here.
@ZhouXingxing: Maintenance-style demolition, vacation-style therapy, let’s continue: consoling-style rape, harmony-style looting, environmental-style murder, scientific-style theft…
@ChangCheng: What gives? Protective-style demolition, vacation-style therapy, condom-wearing rape, suicidal dismemberment.
@SnowInChina: Top couplet: Beijing–“Maintenance-style demolition,” Bottom couplet: Chongqing: “Vacation-style therapy.”
@OldGhostADing: This scroll may not be the best: “Autonomous Innovation.”
@ZhaoWenkui: Scroll: “Spring has come.”
@PanYuejianWritesSongs: “The great motherland’s spring has come.” “Happy Chinese people, spring has come!”
Bender Fly: I recommend Vice-Mayor Wang sing red songs. Even the vegetative are revived by red songs. I can’t imagine they wouldn’t cure Vice-Mayor Wang’s sickness.
Peng Cong: President Fang, why don’t you go take a vacation, too?
@krislc: I want #vacation-styletherapy, too… Everyone else go to the American embassy. I’m not picky, the British consulate works for me.
@BillGatesCN: All these years I’ve been getting #vacation-styletherapy.
@AdeySO: Nature’s spring has come. Let’s take some more #vacation-styletherapy.
@sk0207: @krislc @28481k #British scholars have lately discovered that, in order to be invited to undergo #vacation-styletherapy, one must be intercepted en route to the embassy! Visas and such are all meaningless.