One morning after rain in the eastern Chinese city of Zibo, two people dressed as fishermen toss dozens of giant inflatable fish and peppers through the polluted, dark brown water of the Yueyang River, shouting: “Zibo’s fish fondue!”
Crowds of people are pointing, taking videos and laughing at the giant “soup”. A few days later, on April 1, 2021, a video of the performance was uploaded to the internet, garnering over 10 million views. As a joke, someone posted an entry for “Zibo Hotpot Fish” on the popular city guide dianping.com which quickly became the top rated page in the “local food” category.
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