A song praising Chinese president Xi Jinping’s everyman behavior has been composed in ode to his appearance at a small Beijing eatery late last year. The song will be officially released after the Spring Festival. Offbeat China has translated the lyrics: 

(accompaniment) Steamed buns store, steamed buns store

(solo) Here’s the story: A few days before the New Year

I walked into the steamed buns store for lunch

As I was lining up, somebody came in behind me

Look at him, with his robust figure, imposing bearing and ruddy appearance

Hey! Why does he look so familiar?

Surprised, the waiter headed forward

“Please take a seat, sir. I will bring anything you want to eat.”

The man smiled, and waved him off,

He stayed in line behind me, the last one in line

He ordered a set meal. It was only 21 yuan

Pork steamed buns, together with vegetables and pork liver stew

He stood in line with us. He paid for the meal himself

With both hands carrying the tray, he walked towards me

(accompaniment) Where did he sit?

(solo) Oh! Hey! Everybody! Everybody! What a coincidence! He sat right beside me!

He enjoyed his meal, even laughed and chatted with us

I hastily took out my phone to take pictures of people posing next to him

I hurried to Weibo to upload the pictures

The story went viral and netizens rushed to comment

Uncle Xi, warm-hearted man of the people,  the “president combo” is now famous

Uncle Xi, warm-hearted man of the people, our incidental encounter at the steamed bun store

Has warmed the hearts of the people in this harsh winter!

Has warmed the hearts of the people in this harsh winter!