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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!

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!

Such a mystical country... This country is poor but also generous, always willing to pour vast sums into Africa.


Such a mystical country... Pornographic publications are illegal, but sex shops are everywhere.


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?”