And the "best job in China" goes to...

by Aimee Groom
Posted: July 28th, 2010 | Updated: June 21st, 2011 | Comments
huangpeipei, winner of best job in China After more than a month of searching and thousands of applicants, China's Henan province has appointed 23-year-old Beijinger Huang Pei Pei, to what it calls "the most comfortable job in China". She'll be a caretaker for Nanwan Lake Islands, enjoying the sun and open air, writing blogs, filming ads and helping to publicize the area for a whopping RMB 300,000 ($44,000) a year. It's being hailed as "the best job in China" and yes, if this is all sounding familiar that's because it is. Unabashedly copied from last year's super-successful marketing campaign from the Queensland Tourism Board to find an "Island Caretaker", the strategy is, of course, to draw attention to the islands themselves. Down Under this worked like magic — after all, who hasn't dreamed of their own island paradise, azure blue skies with water to match, sunshine and adventure, but though there were no restrictions on applicant nationality, it seems Nanwen Lake Islands didn't have quite the same international appeal as say, the Great Barrier Reef. Though it may not be paradise, it certainly doesn't sound like a bad gig but according to the Global Times, not everyone is convinced: "It's completely a publicity stunt," said a local resident, Xiong Yanqiu. "I will not apply for this job because it's only for one year." "Totally a copycat. Can't they come up with something new?" an Internet user named Chenwei commented on Sour grapes ladies? They probably missed out on the call for the "next best job in the world" as well— Lavender Angels in Guangdong, though the promise there of up to RMB 20,000 a week must have been too good to be true... that's an awful lot of cash for being posh gardeners and promoting lavender!
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