A homeless man in eastern central China has caused a stir with his movie star good looks and dress sense from the catwalks of international high fashion.

Xilige, 35, in the port city of Ningbo in Zhejiang province has become a fashion sensation among sections of the Chinese webiverse, who have variously dubbed him ‘The Beggar Prince’, ‘Brother Sharp’ and ‘Handsome Vagabond’.

Admirers say he has the nose and mouth of Hong Kong pop singer and film star Andy Lau, the eyes and face shape of Japanese model/actor Mizushima Hiro and the moody temperament of Chinese film star Tony Leung, who has been seen on Western screens in movies like ‘Hard Boiled’, ‘Infernal Affairs’ and ‘Lust, Caution’.

“Look at him wrinkle his brow… nothing needs to be said… sexy…”, one comment read on a Chinese web forum.

The clothes Xilige wears, which are all apparently obtained for free, have also come in for high praise from onlookers, who say they bear a striking resemblance to the work of Dolce & Gabbana.

The world famous designers’ Autumn/Winter 2010 collection, featuring a range of luxury ski fashion wear, looks as if it could have been modeled on Xilige.

In the wake of the news, officials tracked down ‘Cat’, the photographer who took the photos of Xilige, and located the homeless man to offer him shelter.

However, reportedly confused and frightened by all the interest, Xilige refused, and began screaming and wailing when officials tried to compel him. He left again in the company of ‘Cat’.

He is said to be in poor psychological condition, and has also been seen wearing women’s clothes.

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Bill Lehane
Bill Lehane, 28, is a journalist and freelance writer from Dublin, Ireland. He recently returned from six months working as a teacher in east China, which gave him a chance to experience many of the wide, weird and wacky sights that make up daily life in the Middle Kingdom. However, he did not succeed in teaching the local teenagers anything whatsoever: they still love Michael Jackson, KFC and themselves. More at billlehane.com.
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