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欺实马 (qīshímǎ): horse of deception

Horse of deception. (Mop)

A mythical creature whose name, which sounds the same as “70 kilometers per hour” (七十码 qīshí mǎ), alludes to the “70 kph incident” and its subsequent cover-up by the police.

The horse of deception roamed freely before being trapped in the Well of Commerce (交井 Jiāo Jǐng), i.e. by the traffic police (交警 jiāojǐng), and was trapped by centuries of grass-mud horse excrement. It was customary for the rich to cast their money into the well when faced with difficulties.

Finally, in May 2009, the horse of deception burst free to cause mischief once more. After the wealthy young man Hu Bin ran over and killed Tan Zhuo, police maintained that the driver had only been going 70 kph (43 mph), despite onlookers attesting that the car had sped past at 100 kph (62 mph).

The horse of deception is one of a number of mythical creatures, including the river crab, grass-mud horse, and valley dove. Talking about mythical creatures whose names are references to sensitive issues is a creative way that netizens talk about and mock politically sensitive issues.

See also my dad is Li Gang.