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Stephen Hawking's many Chinese fans are over the moon as he joins them on social media

Stephen Hawking's many Chinese fans are over the moon as he joins them on social media

Stephen Hawking had a cosmically good week in China.

"Greetings to my friends in China! It has been too long!" the 74-year-old British astrophysicist wrote in his first post on Sina Weibo, China's version of Twitter, last week. "In my physical travels, I have only been able to touch the surface of your fascinating history and culture. But now I can communicate with you through social media."

A Chinese translation followed.

The post immediately went viral, racking up nearly 400,000 reposts and 900,000 likes.

"I feel like I'm connected to the whole universe by following you," wrote one user.

"I learned about Hawking from...

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