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神奇的国度 (shénqí de guódù): mystical country
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'''神奇的国度 (shénqí de guódù): mystical country'''
  
[[File:Shenqi1.jpg|250px|thumb|right|''In the “mystical country,” government officials can absorb information at meetings while asleep.'']]  
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[[File:Shenqi1.jpg|300px|thumb|right|''In the “mystical country,” government officials can absorb information at meetings while asleep. (source unknown)'']]  
 
China, a country which, to Chinese netizens, seems to defy the laws of nature.  
 
China, a country which, to Chinese netizens, seems to defy the laws of nature.  
  
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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>
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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>
  
 
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[...] Pornographic publications are illegal, but sex shops are everywhere.</blockquote>
 
[...] Pornographic publications are illegal, but sex shops are everywhere.</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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<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>
 
<blockquote>[...] 该国很穷,却很慷慨,经常有大手笔支援非洲。</blockquote>
 
<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>
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Commenting on [http://chinadigitaltimes.net/china/tigers-and-flies Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption campaign], which claims to bring bureaucratic “[http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2014/08/netizen-voices-tiger-abuse/ tigers] and flies” to account, [https://freeweibo.com/weibo/3738117720258166 段贵发] asks, “Doesn’t this mystical country get the joke?”
 
Commenting on [http://chinadigitaltimes.net/china/tigers-and-flies Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption campaign], which claims to bring bureaucratic “[http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2014/08/netizen-voices-tiger-abuse/ tigers] and flies” to account, [https://freeweibo.com/weibo/3738117720258166 段贵发] asks, “Doesn’t this mystical country get the joke?”
  
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See also [[expensive country]] and [[Celestial Empire]].
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Revision as of 00:19, 3 June 2015

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

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

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?”

See also expensive country and Celestial Empire.