At the 18th level of hell? Don't celebrate just yet. @大学生讲坛 tweets, "A stock
market investor asks Hades, 'What level of hell is this?' Hades replies, 'The 18th.' The investor tears up out of happiness, 'Finally I've managed to buy
at the bottom!' Hades looks at him with a smile, 'Don't you know that hell has IPOed and expanded to 36 levels?'" 
China's retail investors complain about poor regulation, systematic fraud and rampant insider trading. Shi Shusi (@ 石述思), a social critic, tweeted, "China's lottery is a legal casino, and China's stock market is a legal
Many agree with Shi that China's stock market is where those with privilege and access take the lunch money of the little guys. @Antares2046 quips, "Gotta have a place for legal money laundering." 
@金融圈绝密档案 is more direct in his attacks, "The symptom of the market is wild fluctuation and sharp rises and
falls-like a financial black hole it sucks dry retail investors' hard-earned money, like a meat grinder it crushes retail investors' confidence. Market
interference from the authorities twisted supply and demand and valuation standards, and allowed so many crappy companies to come to market. Interference
from the authorities has become the cancer of the stock market!" 
Cancer or not, China's stock market is highly sensitive to changes in government policies. By the close of business on September 27, the Shanghai Composite
rose 2.6% on speculations that the CSRC may introduce new policies to save the market ahead of the 18th Communist Party Congress.
But what if the CSRC decides that upcoming occasions should be commemorated with the stock market index? Qiu Yugang (@ 裘聿纲), editor of a tech magazine, tweets, "I heard that the stock market may fall to 1,949 points
to celebrate National Day, and then to 1,921 points to herald the start of the 18th Party Congress, and then fall to 1,818.55, to celebrate the birthday of
Marx."  (For those
not good with dates, the People's Republic was founded in 1949, the Chinese Communist Party was founded in 1921 and Karl was born on May 5, 1818.)
No matter what happens to the index in the coming days, the Founder Magazine (@创业家杂志) concludes that "no stock
is suitable for retail investors," and brave souls should be prepared to "go in as a crocodile and come out a gecko; go in as a python and come out an
earthworm; go in as a BMW and come out a bicycle."
Consider yourself warned.
This post was produced in collaboration with Tea Leaf Nation.