olice in the Yunnan city of Dali have detained a pair of mythological figures after video of their street brawl with tourists went viral on Chinese social media.
A popular clip posted online shows one mere mortal getting pummeled by none other than the Sun Wukong, aka the Monkey King, and his rival/sidekick, Zhu Bajie or “Pigsy,” two of the most iconic characters from the classic Chinese novel Journey to the West.
The scrap took place on Saturday night in Dali’s touristic old town where costumed performers prowl the streets in search of visitors who want to pay to have a photo with them. It’s not quite clear who started the fight or what it was about, however, on Monday, local police announced that they had detained both Sun and Zhu along with two tourists.
The Monkey King’s fighting spirit often seems to rub off on those who wear his costume. A couple of years ago, seven Sun Wukong performers were taken to the police station following a bloody turf war in the streets of Chengdu.
Meanwhile, clips like these often pop up online: