Chinese villager becomes Twitter sensation

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In a short online video, a Chinese man with a round face and a buzz cut uses a single chopstick to open a beer cap.

After taking a sip from the bottle he lifts the bottle to his mouth while giving it a few sharp turns.

As a result, a “tornado” forms in the bottle and Hebei Pangzai or “Fatty from Hebei Province” as the 34 year old is known on Twitter, drinks it all in seconds.

The real name of Hebei Pangzai is Liu Shichao. By profession he is an odd job laborer and he comes from Zhengyuansi which is a little village where everybody knows everybody.

Thanks to the Internet, Liu at present has 130,000 followers on the Twitter channel where his beer drinking exploits have attracted quite a bit of attention online. Even as we speak, Liu has three American friends over at his place in the village.

Liu’s claim to fame is an old video shared on Twitter back in August. The video went viral as it gained over 12 million views. In this video Liu opens a beer bottle with a chopstick, then mixes the beer with other liquors which include baijiu which is potent Chinese liquor made from grain.

Liu lights the concoction and uses his finger to carry off a bit of the flame to light his cigarette and then goes on to drink the whole thing.

Liu says that he knew something was up when he first got hundreds of followers on Kuaishaou which is a short video sharing platform popular among people in small Chinese cities and the countryside. All the followers wrote comments in English.

After some investigations on the internet, Liu logged on to Twitter and this connected him with an audience outside China. Liu declines to say how he logged onto Twitter. This is because software to circumvent China’s Great Firewall is not technically banned, but it still remains a murky legal area.

Liu first logged on to Kuaishou back in 2016. He started with brick breaking videos, later going on to drinking videos and also cooking videos. At the peak of his fame on the Chinese Internet he had more than 400,000 Kuaishou followers. If he held live broadcasts he stood to make about $43 on a good day.

Liu is still skeptical about his career as an influencer and says that it is just a harmless pastime for him at the end of the day.

Image source: Abacus News

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