Thursday, 24 July 2014

Picture of the Day: Toad-ily Similar...

Do you see the resemblance with the glasses superimposed on the toad?
How amusing, but censors are madly trying to delete pictures of an inflatable toad in cyberspace because it bears a resemblance to former leader Jiang Zemin.

After Hong Kong's giant inflatable yellow duck last year, other mainland cities have been competing amongst themselves to have other cute animals.

The 22-metre-high toad sat on a giant lily pad in a park in Beijing, but then it was mocked by social media users who said it bore an uncanny resemblance to the former Communist Party chief.

Toads (really frogs) are seen as a symbol of good fortune, but in this case, making fun of Jiang was too much.

Last year censors worked overtime to delete all references to the lovable inflatable yellow duck after images of it appeared in a re-worked image of "Tank Man", where a protester blocks a line of yellow ducks instead of tanks.

But the toad really does look like Jiang!


  1. Are there different Chinese words for "toad" vs "frog"? Know there isn't for "rat" vis a vis "mouse", and "goat" vis a vis "sheep".

    Oh, and yes, I do think that giant inflatable toad/frog does look like Jiang Zemin! :D

    1. Hi YTSL -- You're probably right about the toad/frog thing...