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An awayday in Changchun

A couple weeks back, this reporter made the trip north to Changchun for Beijing Guoan’s clash against Changchun Yatai, a great trip that resulted in Guoan’s first away victory of the season. It was an important win for the club, but for those that made the trip it was as much about the match as it was camaraderie among compatriats.

Chinese supporter culture, in many ways, is still in its infancy and supporter groups grow and die every year. The more established groups tend to have a good relationship with their counterparts across the country and when they travel to away matches, it offers a chance to meet up over a meal and lots of beer. Typically as the table fills up with more bottles of beer, things get more wild, with fans singing songs back and forth. This is what happened when Beijing’s Yulinjun (Imperial Army) met up with Changchun’s Cheng Feng (Orange Wind).

The videos below are from that trip to Changchun, a very unique look into what goes on, as the number of foreigners who’ve experienced it can probably be counted on one hand. It’s also another endorsement for you, the expats of China, to support your local club, join the fun (and alcoholism). Unfortunately, neither video is perfect (the first offers a good picture but horrible audio, the second offers improved audio but a worse picture). Enjoy!

Brandon Chemers aka B. Cheng aka A Modern Lei Feng – is a name which may be familiar to many in the Chinese blogosphere. He currently serves as Editor-in-Chief for Wild East Football and is one of the lonely souls writing about Chinese football in English for the last 10 years. Chemers' credentials are second to none – his former blog focused not only on the fortunes of his beloved Beijing Guoan FC, but a multitude of other aspects of Beijing life. He’s deservedly built a reputation in the Chinese blogosphere as an insightful observer of not only Chinese football, but also the wider picture of life in modern China and its many layers. For WEF, beyond writing about Guoan, he often focuses on fan culture and the business of Chinese football.

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