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Zhao posed for pictures in her hometown despite the speculation surrounding her previous disappearance. Photo:

Zhao Wei emerges in hometown after Chinese government scrubs once-powerful actress from internet

  • One of China’s wealthiest actresses, the censorship of Zhao Wei fuelled rampant speculation about her fate
  • She was spotted at a mobile service provider in her hometown in eastern China

Zhao Wei, one of China’s wealthiest actresses who was scrubbed from the mainland’s internet for unknown reasons last month, re-emerged this week in photos from her hometown.

On Tuesday, she was spotted at a mobile services provider by residents in her hometown of Wuhu, in eastern China’s Anhui province.
Zhao was seen at a mobile phone provider that she visited for unknown reasons. Photo:

The photos of Zhao showed her casually dressed – wearing a loose purple T-shirt, a pair of green shorts and a knitted hat. An electronic cigarette was hanging from her neck.

On Sunday, a screenshot of an apparent message from Zhao showing her wishing director Queena Li a “happy birthday” appeared on Weibo. When internet sleuths tried to confirm the veracity of the messages, they were nowhere to be found.

Zhao is one of China’s wealthiest actresses, and her sudden disappearance led to rampant speculation about what could have triggered the censorship.

The pictures of Zhao were the first images of the celebrity to emerge publicly since she disappeared. Credit:

The government did not explain why she was scrubbed from the public consciousness.

The censorship against her came amid a widespread campaign by authorities to clamp down on “misbehaving celebrities”.

Recently, Canadian-Chinese actor Kris Wu was arrested in China and charged with rape after numerous women accused him of date rape.

Actress Zheng Shuang was fined US$46.1 million in late August for dodging taxes.