Jun 24, 2021 08:30 PM

185 Million Chinese Men Follow Beauty Influencers, Pork Suppliers Slash Output, Guangzhou’s Rapid Covid Infection

Here is today’s ranking of the 10 most-read domestic stories in China, in economics, finance and current affairs. While these headlines can help give you a sense of what’s trending in the Chinese language sphere, the veracity and accuracy of the headlines hasn’t been independently verified by Caixin.

Internet users have been talking about the millions of Chines men who follow beauty influencers on social media, and are continuing to pay attention to Hainan’s assertion it won’t turn into a “tax haven.”

1.185 million men follow beauty bloggers

About 185 million Chinese men follow beauty influencers on social media, with those aged from 25 from 30 making up around a quarter of that figure, according to a report (external source, in Chinese) from QuestMobile.


2.Suppliers cut production as pork price continues to drop

China's pork prices (external source, in Chinese) fell by more than 50% in the six months to early June, with the average price falling to 15.33 yuan ($2.37) per kilogram on June 10. The continued weakness of pork prices and the increase in feed costs has led to farmers cutting production.

3.Education bureau bans ‘gaokao’ score worship

China’s Ministry of Education has barred companies from making spokespeople out of top scorers on this year’s national college entrance exams, or “gaokao,” the results of which will be released soon.

4.Guangzhou’s super-fast Covid-19 infection

A Covid-19 patient in Guangzhou was infected (external source, in Chinese) after just 14 seconds spent near an infected person.

5.Hainan won’t turn into an offshore tax haven, governor says

China’s southern province of Hainan has pledged to step up scrutiny to prevent companies from using incentives to evade taxes after the central government unveiled plans to transform the tropical island into a free trade port. "We will not let the Hainan free trade port become a tax haven," Governor Feng Fei said Monday.

6.One county in China makes one-third of the traditional Hanfu clothing sold

Cao County in East China’s Shandong province accounts for (external source, in Chinese) about one-third of traditional clothes or “hanfu,” sold by value. Local merchants sell 1.9 billion yuan worth of the Chinese costumes each year. One merchant said it was easy to earn over 10,000 yuan a day.

7.Hopes high for paid paternity leave

The state-owned People’s Daily published (external source, in Chinese) an article on Monday advocating improvements to maternity leave and the maternity insurance system, measures believed to help promote the implementation of the three-child policy. The article gives five suggestions, including providing paid paternity leave for at least one month.

8.Travelers from Taiwan with Covid-19 arriving in mainland

Four travelers from Taiwan tested positive for Covid-19 on arrival in Xiamen, Fujian province, last week. Ma Xiaoguang, a spokesperson for the central government’s Taiwan Affairs Office, urged the Taiwan authorities to plug loopholes in their Covid-19 controls.

9.Phone fraud caused 35.37 billion yuan losses in 2020

Phone fraud in China caused an estimated 35.37 billion yuan (external source, in Chinese) in financial losses last year.

10.Shanghai raises minimum wage

According to the state broadcaster CCTV, Shanghai will raise (external source, in Chinese) the monthly minimum wage by 110 yuan to 2,590 yuan and the hourly minimum wage to 23 yuan, starting from July 1.

Read the top 10 global news on the same day.

Translated by intern reporter Chen Bingyi

The daily ranking of most read news stories among Chinese people, about China and global affairs, is jointly provided to you by Caixin Insight and HANA Data, an artificial intelligence technology team.

The key indicators calculated on the list are based on mass data sourced from China’s mainstream social media platforms and online news websites. Click here for a detailed introduction of our methodology.

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