But others questioned the morals of those who were willing to accept the actress’ return. A post on Chinese social media website Weibo which asked why her Instagram post hadn’t been blocked received 120,000 likes.
Fan disappeared from public life in July, when she was placed under house arrest, sparking endless speculation about her situation. Chinese authorities at the time banned all search terms related to the actress.
It came as the government went after the film industry last year, saying it “fosters a tendency to worship money”, “misleads young people to blindly chase stars”, and that it was “distorting social values”.
It capped actor salaries at 40 per cent of the total cost of production, and lead actors’ pay at 70 per cent of all actors’ salaries in a production.