head of next month’s Singles Day online shopping extravaganza, a traditional Chinese papermaker is scrambling to secure as much urine as he can from little boys.
The papermaker, surnamed Li, practices a method of making bamboo paper which has been used for centuries in Hangzhou’s Fuyang district. That technique involves soaking the bamboo pulp in urine — apparently, the piss of young boys makes for the best quality paper.
Li sells his bamboo paper on Taobao and does especially brisk business during Alibaba’s annual 11:11 shopping festival. Last year, he says he went through 1,500 liters of urine on orders from that day.
This year, he’s 250 liters short of that mark with just 11 days to go. In order to make up the deficit in time, he’s resorted to sticking up posters around town promising big bucks for pee. Typically, Li says that he pays 30 yuan for a bucket of urine, but now he’s willing to fork out 200 yuan for a bucket.
If Li is not able to collect enough pee in time, he can always see about importing in some panda poo, a papermaking ingredient used in central China.