Unsolved Mystery

It’s pretty well-known that Chinese college boys love computer games. When I taught in Hangzhou, I saw firsthand how those guys would spend every free minute in internet cafes playing CounterStrike or whatever the latest network game was. The reason for the obsession was hard for me to grasp.

Then I saw two eye-catching entries on Bingfeng’s Teahouse which offered a possible explanation:

Bingfeng's Chinese Internet Girls 1

Bingfeng's Chinese Internet Girls 2

Bingfeng’s large collection of “Chinese Internet Girl” photos (click on both photos above for more) — evidence of the proliferation of digital cameras, webcams, and internet usage in China — offers a compelling possible explanation for Chinese boys’ infatuation with the internet.

The thing is, I still think the vast majority of them just really like those damn games.


John Pasden

John is a Shanghai-based linguist and entrepreneur, founder of AllSet Learning.


  1. Da Xiangchang Says: November 17, 2005 at 7:42 am

    WOW! They look so cute, you just want to pinch their cheeks! 😉 However, c’mon, those pics have been seriously edited–that is, the unattractive or even average-looking girls have been taken out and the cute ones left in.

    Of 100 Chinese girls who are on the internet, these must be in the top 10% or something. The title shouldn’t be “Images of chinese girls who are happily surfing the web” but rather “Images of chinese girls who are happily surfing the web after I’ve taken out the ugly ones.”

  2. being an mmorpg fan myself,
    i could counter that they may
    be even more addictive than
    pretty cam girls.

  3. cam girls, kewl pix. u can c more via baidu imagine.

  4. Would these be akin to those ‘catalogs’ that the Japanese girls had about 8 yrs ago?

  5. Greg Pasden Says: November 18, 2005 at 12:23 am

    What a great selection of flavors!

  6. I know for a fact Alf has tried to sleep with at least 42% of those girls.

  7. There are sooooo many hot chicks in China… the most people in the world= the most hotties.

  8. uhhh, I can solve this “mystery” basically these are Cam whores. Dudes pay to watch them strip. I’ve seen guys actaully watching them strip in web bars in china. I’m kind of curious how the payment system works, since credit card usage is so low. here are a few chinese cam whore sites i found by looking at the profiles of chinese girls in chatrooms, some NSFW.


  9. Da Xiangchang Says: November 18, 2005 at 7:50 am


    Well, there are definitely the most hot EAST ASIAN women in China. I think of China as the biggest, best Chinese restaurant in the world, and without a doubt, Chinese food is one of the best around (if not THE best). However, if you want prime rib, spaghetti, burritos, Indian food, African food, you’re out of luck. That’s why I still believe America has the greatest hotties–not the “most,” but the greatest variety, which to me, means the best.

  10. Ah, Alf, you fountain of knowledge…

    Yeah, some of these very same girls’ pictures are on one of those sites you linked to. (Although, to be fair, it doesn’t prove those girls are cam whores… those sites could use any pictures they find. But it doesn’t look good.)

  11. titters
    boys are funny. 8)

  12. whoa! what happened to free speech!! =)

  13. It appears that you pay the cam whores through your mobile phone. You give them your number and somehow they charge it that way. But I wouldn’t know…

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