Lady Gaga may rule the Twittersphere with 8,398,412 fans world-wide. But in China, where Twitter is banned, it is Gigi who is the established star in Chinese cyberspace.
With her trademark short hair and model-like height, Gigi Leung Wing-kei — who will perform two concerts this weekend in Hong Kong — is currently the most-followed Hong Kong artist on Weibo, a microblogging site that is basically the Chinese version of Twitter. (That’s in addition to her standing in Hong Kong as a Cantopop sweetheart of the late ’90s and early ’00s.) Last time we checked, she had 3,230,000 Weibo followers—more than international kung-fu star Jackie Chan.
She credits her uberpopularity in mainland China — a lucrative feat every Hong Kong artist now hopes to achieve — to good timing.