A picture of a promotional “bus” bedecked in red for the 100th anniversary of the China Communist Party (CCP) was found to be a fake, after netizens revealed the true picture behind a Global Times social post.
According to a Twitter post by Global Times senior reporter Chen Qingqing, the “bus” had been seen on the streets of Hong Kong for the first time.
“A bus in red with banners to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of #CPC is now seen at HongKong streets, which is rare scene as for a long time,” Chen wrote. “[L]ocal residents in HK have few channels to know more about the CPC. It might be time to change.”
But sharp-eyed transport experts pointed out the bus was in fact a tram – and other netizens on Facebook showed a picture of the original tram, in an identical setting with identical passengers, wearing a different advertising wrap.
Chen later corrected her “bus” comment, saying “right. A Tram” but had no comment regarding the faked picture.
The CCP celebrates its 100th anniversary next week, on 1 July 2021.
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