By Ling-Mei Wong
Yuhao Feng loves Boston and wants everyone to know it.
Feng’s social media platform LoveBos has 45,000 Weibo followers who avidly follow his all-Chinese posts on where to eat, play and shop in the greater Boston area. LoveBos’s posts on three local attractions — Boston Duck Tours, Frost Ice Bar and the New England Aquarium — garnered more than 118,000 views, 213 reposts and 102 comments.
“I hope my site is a place that offers valuable Mandarin information to students,” said Feng.
Feng came to Boston as an undergraduate student at Northeastern University in 2009. With input from fellow international students and professors, he eagerly explored Boston and launched his Weibo account in January 2012.
“I like to write, I like to walk and try new things,” Feng said. “When I got a car, I could go further to even more places in New England.”
Feng now has a full-time marketing job and works on LoveBos in his spare time. He personally visits each location, shoots photos and only posts about places worth a hearty recommendation.
“Every time I go to restaurants, I don’t tell them who I am,” Feng said. “This is my passion, doing Weibo and my Web site to share information with strangers.… Whether it’s a corporation or local business, it makes me feel good to help people in a special way.”
LoveBos features gorgeous images of food and local attractions, but it gets the most traffic during major Boston news events. When the marathon bombings took place in April 2013, Feng was following local TV reports, Twitter and Reddit in English, which he translated into Chinese for Weibo. In five minutes, his messages were reposted hundreds of times.
“People were listening and watching because I was the only resource,” Feng said. “I felt like I was important as a trustworthy resource.”
Now, after just five years, Feng has no trouble calling Boston home.
“I went to New York, Los Angeles and Seattle, but there’s no other place I love more than Boston,” Feng said. “It’s a very perfect combination of a modern city and a historical city.”
Yuhao Feng told the Sampan where to find some of the best food and fun in Boston. He tries to recommend places accessible by the T or commuter rail to accommodate international students or visitors who don’t drive.
- Favorite bakery: Japonaise Bakery & Cafe
- Favorite Boston activity: Boston Duck Tours
- Favorite Chinese bakery: 101 Bakery Shop
- Favorite Chinese restaurant: Jade Garden
- Favorite Italian food: Mamma Maria
- Favorite seafood: Island Creek Oyster Bar
- Favorite summer destination: Rockport for “fantastic weekend fun”
- Favorite sushi: Sakanaya
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