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Baidu Autocomplete Reveals China's Weird Regional Stereotypes

"Why do Henan people love stealing manhole covers so much??" Baidu search suggestions offer a window to the world of Chinese regional stereotypes.

Last updated on July 3, 2018, at 12:35 p.m. ET

Posted on March 14, 2014, at 5:13 p.m. ET

Baidu is China's biggest search engine. Its autocomplete function is also — as internet celebrity @PretendingToBeInNewYork found — a strange window into China's prejudices, showing that (of course) oddly specific regional stereotypes exist everywhere.

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And for your record, this is what Baidu thinks of Americans and U.K. people:

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