The latest Chinese Internet music-video sensation comes from Chengdu's neighboring city of Qionglai, and it's not a bunch of young hoodlums practicing their rhymes in their bedroom.
It's the Qionglai police force.
For the second time the team has put together a video in which they perform their choreographed routine while rapping about their skills in protecting the public.
Police in Chengdu appear in the local news with surprising regularity—most recently for placing singles ads on microblogging service Weibo. And despite China's reputation as a "police state," harrassing or talking back to police here does not seem as taboo as in most other countries (see "Hotpants-wearing Drunk Woman Driver Talks Back to Police" and here in video), and recently, there have been several cases of drivers scooping up police officers on the hood of their car, taking them for an undesireable ride around town and angry flying pedestrians kicking the traffic police.
Female police officers receive plenty of media attention too, with Chengdu's "Gentle Knife" policewoman making a countrywide Internet sensation with her smiling, polite mannerisms; female officers patrolling while on Rollerblades and in heels; and the newly ranked special forces parading around Chunxi Lu in broad daylight while toting automatic weapons.
Finally, a popular television program, Tan's Traffic Talk, features a witty traffic police on patrol around the streets of Chengdu maintaining the order and calling out the bad and "unsafe" behavior of sometimes bewildered citizens. You can watch one episode, which has been subtitled in English (thanks) in which Officer Tan pulls over a motorized three-wheeler illegally carrying a "post-90s" and apparently androgynous passenger with an outrageous hairstyle and an absurd conversation ensues, or you can view this episode, in which Officer Tan pulls over a clown car — packed to the brim with people playing majiang in the back. Sichuan de hen!
While we're at it, we might as well direct your attention to the following videos, titled "Police Street Dancing." These might explain a lot.
And just in case you'd like to brush up on your hand-signaling skills (or decipher just what those traffic cops are signing to you, there's always this unintentionally entertaining instructional video with robot voice: