Kobe Bryant draws crowds wherever he goes. Especially in China.
We've known for a while now how ridiculously popular the Mamba is overseas, and that picture up above provides a perfect example. That's a crowd so massive and ridiculous that it makes Times Square look empty.
Imagine trying to navigate through the thousands of people all craning their necks for a chance to get a better view at Kobe. You wouldn't be able to do it. The mob is that thick.
According to a press release from Nike, Bryant is on his eighth tour of China and is making stops in Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Xi’An and Shanghai as he promotes the KOBE 8 "Fireworks" and Dream Season V. He's also allotting plenty of time to visit basketball courts and take in the sights.
Kobe crowd in China: pic.twitter.com/VtUba1mpBQ— Heidi Burgett (@heidiburgett) August 5, 2013
This crowd may not be an iconic landmark in China, but it's still one hell of a sight.
Of course, it's not the first sight that shows just how popular Kobe is in China. How about this statue in Guangzhou?
It takes a certain level of popularity to have a statue built in a country that you've only visited a few times. Kobe hasn't played professionally in China, nor did he grow up there or cultivate any ties to the country. He's just a beloved figure.
That's the only explanation for having the top-selling jersey in China for six years running, although we're still waiting on figures from the 2012-13 season.
Given the crowds you can see up above, it's hard to imagine him losing that crown any time soon.