Ai Weiwei Regains His Right To Free Travel



A post shared by Ai Weiwei (@aiww) on


Chinese contemporary artist and activist Ai Weiwei’s epic Instagram post was monumental. There’s no doubt about it.

Four years ago, Ai’s Chinese passport was taken away by the government, taking away the artist’s right to free travel.

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Since November 2013, Ai asked fans and followers to leave a bouquet of fresh flowers on a bike outside of his studio in Beijing every single day until he retrieves his passport. For two years, he has utilized his social media influence to post photos of flowers and updates from No. 258 Caochangdi.

Last Wednesday marked 600 days since Ai’s pledge. Instead of posting a photo of flowers, the political activist posted an Instagram photo of himself holding a Chinese passport. The caption was written in Chinese “今天,我拿到了护照” (translation: Today, I got my passport.)

Since then, the photo has garnered more than 10.6K likes. Just a few moments before this post, Ai also shared one more photo with his 110,000 followers. This time, capturing flowers on his bike and he wrote in Chinese “今天是第六百天啦” (translation: Today is 600th day.)


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Best known for his symbolic “Birds Nest” stadium during the Beijing 2008 Olympics, Ai has been highly and openly critical of the Chinese Government’s stance on democracy and human rights. He has investigated government corruption and cover-ups, in particular the Sichuan schools corruption scandal following the collapse of so-called “tofu-dreg schools” in the 2008 Sichuan earthquake.

The Chinese government has not yet explained publicly regarding why Ai got his passport back.


Source: Reuters. Additional reporting by Jetset Times. 

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