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Spotted on Weibo: Aircraft Carrier or Night Club?

Real estate tycoon Pan Shiyi (@潘石屹) tweeted a picture of China’s new aircraft carrier, Liaoning, in its full dress to celebrate National Day with the comment, “Neon light on the aircraft carrier. Looks bad. It’s gaudy like a nightclub.” {{1}}[[1]]航空母舰上亮起霓虹灯,不好看。花花绿绿的像夜总会。[[1]] The tweet has since gone viral and many netizens have taken the chance to mock the aircraft carrier, which met a poor reception in China’s blogosphere upon its debut as well. @艾绮恩歌迷汇 joked, “They are afraid that our enemies won’t find it.” {{2}}[[2]]怕敌军找不到[[2]] @椰林风声 questioned, “These kind of decorations are a waste of taxpayer money. Running out of places to burn cash or got your head kicked by a donkey? The captain should make a statement.” {{4}}[[4]] 装点成这样真是浪费纳税人的钱,有钱没地方烧啦?!想出此办法的人的脑袋真是被驴踢了!!!舰长大人该出来说个话吧.[[4]]

However, it’s likely that Pan and these netizens have never served in the navy. @新城澤霖 tweets, “Turning on the lights [on naval ships] and decorating them with flags is a special protocol of the navy… It’s practiced all over the world and not just in China.” {{3}}[[3]]满旗满灯是海军的一种特殊礼仪,遇重大庆典时白天满旗、晚上满灯,国际通行,非止中国一家。 [[3]] He’s right; see this page out of The Naval Officer’s Guide and photos of the USS Eisenhower in full dress.   

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Rachel Lu

Rachel Lu is a co-founder of Tea Leaf Nation. Rachel traces her ancestry to Southern China. She spent much of her childhood memorizing Chinese poetry. After long stints in New York, New Haven and Cambridge, she has returned to China to bear witness to its great transformation. She is currently based in China.
  • ClausRasmussen

    Pink ? On an aircraft carrier ??

    It is pretty, but the person that choose that color probably didn’t know that in western culture pink signals “homosexual”. I think they’re having a good laugh in the US Navy.

  • ClausRasmussen

    Pink ? On an aircraft carrier ??

    It is pretty, but the person that choose that color probably didn’t know that in western culture pink signals “homosexual”. I think they’re having a good laugh in the US Navy.