Internet companies, provincial authorities in China rush to the metaverse

Metaverse app Zheli proved so popular with consumers in China that it could not cope with the unexpected demand and kept crashing. PHOTO: XIAOHONGSHU
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BEIJING - In Zheli, China's latest and hottest metaverse app, users can customise their 3-D avatars - complete with Chinese characteristics.

They can show their avatars petting a fish, which on the Internet means "mo yu" or "slacking on the job".

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