BEIJING, Jan. 25 (Xinhua) -- Two TV rivals should
have locked horns on Lunar New Year's Eve, but the alternative to the
traditional China Central Television (CCTV) New Year gala, the "Shanzhai" show
was just not available for most people in China.
Lao Meng, a Beijing-based
wedding photographer who initiated a homemade gala focusing on performances by
ordinary people, made the "Shanzhai" show - an "alternative" pastiche of CCTV's
traditional gala. He called it "a real show by and for ordinary people."
The "Shanzhai" show which had claimed to be for
college students and migrant workers who could not return home for the holiday,
turned out to be only available on the Macao Asia Satellite TV (MASTV) and its
Most families in the country cannot get satellite TV
channels, and the MASTV website page could not be opened from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.,
when the show was on.
Lao Meng told Xinhua he did not know why, "maybe too
many people were logging on to the website."
Lao Meng also said the show on MASTV was actually a
Unlike all CCTV gala's performers who performed live,
Lao Meng and his performers were having a party to celebrate their "Shanzhai"
gala in an indoor hall in Beijing on New Year's Eve.
Chen Jun, a magazine editor in Shanghai, said he was
disappointed to not have access to the "Shanzhai" show.
"It was much all mouth and no trousers. I think it
has let many people down," Chen said.
The "Shanzhai" gala had won wide support on the
Internet and much media attention from home and abroad, as it claimed to make a
show for common people and to challenge CCTV's gala.