Last year, when Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan visited the Imperial College London, a professor at the university gave the Chinese First Lady a shawl in a white box. The shawl must have been exquisite, as the normally graceful Peng responded with a jaw-dropping expression.

The amusing picture sparked a Photoshop frenzy on social networking site Reddit. Netizens let their imagination fly as they replaced the white box with everything from futuristic sneakers to doughnuts.

Peng Liyun receives Nike Air Mag Power Laces from Back to the Future as gift. Photo: alexbm521, via Reddit.
Peng Liyuan receives classified information as gift. Photo: randy06 via Reddit
Peng Liyuan receives doughnuts as gift. Photo: phirleh via Reddit.
Peng Liyuan receives an xbox as gift. Photo: CyberScorpion0 via Reddit.
Peng Liyuan receives 1.21 Gigawatts of electricity as gift. Photo: vauvau via Reddit.
Peng Liyuan confused by a chicken. Photo: MandrewTheMage via Reddit.
Peng Liyuan sitting holding a baby. Photo: Cha72 via Reddit.
Morphing into Peng Liyuan. Photo: dolphinmx via Reddit.

According to Chinese media, printed on the shawl was a unique pattern generated by a computer which “analysed 700 photos of Peng.”


Chantal Yuen

Chantal Yuen is a Hong Kong journalist interested in issues dealing with religion and immigration. She majored in German and minored in Middle Eastern studies at Princeton University.