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We truly live in a mystical country; we can own our houses but the land upon which they sit forever belongs to the state!</blockquote>
 
We truly live in a mystical country; we can own our houses but the land upon which they sit forever belongs to the state!</blockquote>
 
<blockquote>这是一个神奇的国度! 该国房子可以是自己的,但土地永远是国家的!</blockquote>
 
  
 
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[...] This country is poor but also generous, always willing to [http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2013/04/new-database-details-china-aid-to-africa/ pour vast sums into Africa].</blockquote>
 
[...] This country is poor but also generous, always willing to [http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2013/04/new-database-details-china-aid-to-africa/ pour vast sums into Africa].</blockquote>
 
<blockquote>[...] 该国很穷,却很慷慨,经常有大手笔支援非洲。</blockquote>
 
  
 
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[...] Pornographic publications are illegal, but sex shops are everywhere.</blockquote>
 
[...] Pornographic publications are illegal, but sex shops are everywhere.</blockquote>
  
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<blockquote>这是一个神奇的国度! 该国房子可以是自己的,但土地永远是国家的!</blockquote>
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<blockquote>[...] 该国很穷,却很慷慨,经常有大手笔支援非洲。</blockquote>
 
<blockquote>[...] 黄色刊物属于非法,但性用品商店到处都是。[[http://www.xcar.com.cn/bbs/viewthread.php?tid=10281866&page=1 '''Source''']]</blockquote>
 
<blockquote>[...] 黄色刊物属于非法,但性用品商店到处都是。[[http://www.xcar.com.cn/bbs/viewthread.php?tid=10281866&page=1 '''Source''']]</blockquote>
  

Revision as of 21:32, 9 September 2014

神奇的国度 (shénqí de guódù): mystical country

In the “mystical country,” government officials can absorb information at meetings while asleep.

China, a country which, to Chinese netizens, seems to defy the laws of nature.

Remarking on egregiously illogical or ironic situations, netizens often explain that China must be a mystical country. Examples from a BBS forum [Chinese]:

We truly live in a mystical country; we can own our houses but the land upon which they sit forever belongs to the state!

[...] This country is poor but also generous, always willing to pour vast sums into Africa.

[...] Pornographic publications are illegal, but sex shops are everywhere.

这是一个神奇的国度! 该国房子可以是自己的,但土地永远是国家的!

[...] 该国很穷,却很慷慨,经常有大手笔支援非洲。

[...] 黄色刊物属于非法,但性用品商店到处都是。[Source]

Commenting on Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption campaign, which claims to bring bureaucratic “tigers and flies” to account, 段贵发 asks, “Doesn’t this mystical country get the joke?”