The Hottest Mailbox in Shanghai Has Fans Flocking for Photos from bigboy265's blog

shanghai business news,On a recent trip to Shanghai, tourist Cao Yue had two sites on her itinerary: the city's new Disneyland and a green mailbox.

The pipe-shaped green China Post box at the corner of Zhongshan Dong Yi Road and Hankou Road doesn't look special. But since April it has drawn streams of young travelers like Ms. Cao and become a hot topic on social media.

"On Weibo, I saw the mailbox was hot," the college student from the southern city of Changsha said after her boyfriend snapped her in a careful pose - her right hand touching the top of the box and two fingers of her left hand in a V-shape.

"I just want to join the crowd," she said.

Boyish heartthrob pop star Lu Han sparked the trend in April when he tweeted a photo of himself posing next to the box while striking the now widely copied pose, which also includes his right leg crossed behind his left. The nighttime photo of 26-year-old Mr. Lu, who also wore a black mask over his face, quickly got over a million likes on Weibo and sent tourists swarming toward the box.

China Post's Shanghai branch quickly embraced Mr. Lu's expression, even if the former Korean boy band sensation never provided an explanation. Since his surname means "deer" in Chinese, the post office affixed a pair of yellow antlers atop the mailbox for his birthday. They didn't last 24 hours, disappearing mysteriously before the following daybreak. China Post initially blamed the city's urban management department, stirring controversy into the trending online topic.

"Even the urban management office's uncles are jealous of the mailbox's beauty," China Post's Shanghai branch said in a post on its official Weibo account written as if from the mailbox's point of view. "But as an international internet celebrity, this baby isn't going to easily die and will come back eventually."

Three hours later, the post office clarified its message: "After an investigation, the urban management office's uncles perhaps did not remove the antlers, and we are looking into the details of the removal and working on negotiations to let the beauty reappear."

The postal bureau didn't respond to questions. The urban management department couldn't be reached.

For many Chinese tourists, a visit wouldn't be complete without posing at just the right place and in a prescribed way, like positioning to hold the setting sun or propping up the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Spots touched by greatness often become magnets. After Chinese President Xi Jinping dropped in at a Beijing steamed bun restaurant, selfies published online suggest his meal was widely copied. The copycat photo trend took on lurid dimensions last year in Beijing when visitors took selfies in front of a store where a couple had videotaped themselves having sex in a changing room.

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