Li Chengpeng (李承鹏), also known as “Big-eyed Li,” had a successful career as a popular sports reporter in Beijing, where he was known for his reporting on corruption in soccer. He attempted to run for public office in Chengdu in 2011. In recent years, Li has come to be known for social commentary and his essays critical of current affairs. He has published in English in The New York Times, among other publications. He writes a column in Yibao, an independent media site.

Last Updated: February 21, 2024



“When It All Comes down to It, China Has No Real ‘New Year’”

Li Chengpeng & Geremie R. Barmé
I’ve written all of this because friends urged me to offer some reflections on the year gone by and jot down a few thoughts for the upcoming year. But I didn’t want to waste my time looking up data points. Anyway, I don’t see that there was all that...