CNN Travel reports it's the latest of various envy-inducing job alerts over the last two years, such as the best jobs in China, Shanghai's first male breast masseur, a British water slide tester, a Chengdu panda ambassador, Cathay Pacific's US$360-a-day travel blogger and of course the job that started it all, Queensland Australia's Best Job in the World.
Hangzhou is a charming eastern city about 200 kilometres southwest of Shanghai; Hangzhou is now offering someone the chance to be a "Dr Hangzhou". The job is offered by Hangzhou Tourism commission, which apparently demands nothing more than broadening one's cultural experiences over the course of a year and spreading them via social media.
As the pay check of €40,000 (R477 000) will be provided, Dr Hangzhou’s duties, among others, include starring in a promotional video of Hangzhou and becoming the city’s overseas tourism promotional advisor. He or she will also promote the city through videos, photos and feeds on various social media platforms.
However, becoming Dr Hangzhou appears to be a little trickier. As applicants are required to register via their Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest accounts, Twitter and Facebook are blocked in China.
Once registered, the applicants are expected to show off their Chinese spirit by completing at least one of four online tasks:
- My Chinese Name
- My Hangzhou Costume
- My Hangzhou Recipe
- My Hangzhou Love Story
According to the state news agency, Xinhua, the winner will be determined by the number of interactions and activities (likes, retweets etc) each applicant generates on social media platforms. The agency reports that the job listing on Facebook has already attracted numerous foreign applicants.
Thus far, one of the applicants for the sought-after position wore an “I love (heart) Hangzhou” T-shirt while others are able to speak Mandarin fluently and more importantly, showed off a glowing affection for Hangzhou.
The chosen candidate will be announced next year and will receive a free cultural tour to the city for 15 days.
According to the Hangzhou Tourism Commission, the real Marco Polo described the city as the finest and the noblest in the world during his visit 700 years ago. Unlike similar campaigns worldwide, the winner won't get to stay in Hangzhou for the entire year, therefore allowing them to post to Facebook and Twitter respectively.