Visitors ride boats near a giant inflatable ‘Golden Toad’ – which is said to bring good fortune – displayed on a lake at the Yu Yuan Tan Park in Beijing, China. The installation was designed by Chinese artist Guo Yong Rao.
The 77-foot-tall golden inflatable toad was supposed to spark pride for traditional Chinese art, but instead it became a target of subversive humor online. Comments on Chinese social media made fun of the puffed-up creature that happens to resemble China’s former president Jiang Zemin. Posts complete showed photos of the stern-looking leader sat next to a bespectacled toad on a green lotus leaf.