Photos of President Xi`s look-alike goes viral in China

Snaps of a meat pie seller in central China have gone viral because of his resemblance to Xi Jinping, the Communist nation`s all powerful President.

PTI| Updated: Jun 06, 2014, 20:49 PM IST

Beijing: Snaps of a meat pie seller in central China have gone viral because of his resemblance to Xi Jinping, the Communist nation`s all powerful President.
Shao Jianhua sells meat pies with dried and pickled vegetables from a small shop close to the dormitory of Hunan University in Changsha.

After his photo appeared in a social media website, customers are queuing up outside his shop not for its Zhejiang-style meat pie, but a picture of the hawker, media reports said today.

The snaps have gone viral in China, according to the daqi.Com social media aggregator, but Shao insists people come for his pies.

"I make 1,600 pies a day during the peak season," says Shao, who moved to Changsha five years ago from Zhejiang.

Dianping.Com, a popular comment-driven Chinese food guide, agrees that diners also rate his pies highly, Hong Kong`s South China Morning Post says.

Some social media users have called on President Xi to meet his "twin brother", the paper reports.

Within hours, Shao`s pictures got reposted by almost all major mainland media outlets, the Post said. But the photo album on NetEase, which broke the story on Wednesday, could no longer be accessed, it said.

Xi, 60, took over the reigns last year in the once-in-a- decade-leadership change, has quickly emerged as the most powerful leader in China as the General Secretary of the ruling Communist Party, the President of the People`s Republic and the Chairman of the Central Military Commission.