“Dragon” of a Line for Chinese Job Seekers at Henan Job Fair

Long lines at the 2014 Spring Henan province job fair.

Long lines at the 2014 Spring Henan province job fair.

From NetEase:

50,000 Job Applicants at Zhengzhou Job Fair Line Up in Hundred Meter “Long Dragon” [Long Line]

2014 February 15th, Henan Zhengzhou, the two-day Henan province 2014 Spring job recruitment fair opened at the International Exhibition Center, with job applicants at the scene lining up into a hundred meter “long dragon” [long line]. According to incomplete statistics, nearly 50,000 job applicants entered the grounds that morning. Lu Jian/CFP





Several job seekers sharing recruitment information.
Several job seekers sharing recruitment information.
A recruitment fair worker dressed as Xuanzang distributing materials to job applicants.
A recruitment fair worker dressed as Xuanzang distributing materials to job applicants.

Comments from NetEase:

清风泛舟 [网易广东省佛山市网友]:

The descendants of the dragon [referring to Chinese people]: Folding the dragon robe [imperial/emperor’s robe] in their sleep, standing in a dragon line [long line] in their hopes, racing dragon boats in reality, bowing their heads in helplessness.

网易江西省南昌市手机网友 ip:115.149.*.*:

What a difference from last night’s spring night and today’s reality.


Henan yet again, hehe.

网易河南省郑州市手机网友 ip:219.155.*.*: (responding to above)

I hear a lot of people in Shenyang have just returned from Guangzhou, hahaha.

网易陕西省西安市手机网友 ip:123.138.*.*:

Hehe, when it Henan, is there any need to report it?

网易江苏省连云港市手机网友 ip:117.92.*.*:

What would it have been like without railings/fences?

网易江苏省南京市手机网友 ip:122.96.*.*:

Build another Foxcoon [factory] and their unemployment will all be solved.

如何起个有态度的名字 [网易湖南省长沙市手机网友]:

Is that smog? Or smoke?

网易福建省福州市网友 [霞Q2062974890]:

After all these years of work, I’ve increasingly realized: In society, even if you are Superman, a single person’s strength is ultimately limited, and only by joining a circle/group can you warm yourself. A single person can walk very fast, but a group of people can walk even further. Wealth is just passing clouds, and only friends are your bargaining chips.

stormhere [网易河北省保定市手机网友]: (responding to above)

You sell Amway, right?

拼爹就是坑爹 [网易浙江省杭州市手机网友]: (responding to above)


菜刀砍电线一路火花带闪电 [网易山东省济宁市手机网友]: (also responding to 霞Q2062974890)

Scammer or multi-level marketer?

网易天津市滨海新区手机网友 ip:60.25.*.* 2014-02-15 14:12:25 发表

Job hunting is hard, recruiting is also hard, a vicious cycle!

不听话就放狗咬你们 [网易江西省赣州市手机网友]:

Just go to Dongguan.

网易上海市手机网友 ip:114.81.*.*:

Is big Henan’s Zhengzhou also cracking down on prostitution?

网易贵州省手机网友 ip:114.135.*.*:

Do the job applicants happen to be mostly female?

网易海南省手机网友 ip:153.0.*.*:

Are they recruiting for civil servants?

网易江苏省扬州市网友 ip:112.84.*.* 2014-02-15 14:12:34 发表

There’s almost 48,000 who just returned from Dongguan.

cz117 [网易重庆市手机网友]: 2014-02-15 14:12:58 发表

Born as a Chinese person [national], how much smog we breathe and how much garbage food we eat are things we are already powerless to change, but here I sincerely hope that after they find jobs they can afford to pay their home loans, have people to take care of them in their old age, and can afford to get medical care.

网易广西南宁市手机网友 ip:113.12.*.* 2014-02-15 14:13:20 发表

Someone at home waiting for work passing by.

网易中国手机网友 ip:117.136.*.*:

My girlfriend has worked in Dongguan for nearly 2 years, and had just returned to Dongguan on the sixth day of the new lunar year to work. This morning, I suddenly received a call from her, saying her company has gone bankrupt, that she won’t be able to work anymore, and is now planning to return to Nanjing to marry me. I had just talked about marriage with her over the [Chinese] new year holiday, but at that time, she had just said that we should first make money for two years and then get married. Who knew that her company would shut down so soon, but this is a good thing too. My girlfriend is very pretty, and always having her out there [working] also makes me worried. She says she has already bought tomorrow’s train ticket back, and will attend to the marriage matters once she’s back. Everyone wish us the best.

ai國z [网易四川省成都市网友]: 2014-02-16 10:38:06 发表

Do we still want to extend/postpone the retirement age???

网易福建省龙岩市手机网友 ip:121.206.*.*:

Of the 50,000, those who truly have ability are but a few. I’ve seen those who complain everyday about their jobs, about how their wages and benefits are lousy, but there aren’t more than a few who have any ability. China has never lacked for people, only for talent.

网易陕西省榆林市手机网友 ip:1.87.*.*:

Lined up so orderly? I don’t believe it!!

网易广东省深圳市手机网友 ip:113.87.*.* 2014-02-15 14:18:36 发表

Let me tell you a truth and don’t yell at me for it, because I’m not maliciously slandering. A large proportion of the CVs our company gets in applications are from people from Henan, but a lot of companies do not consider people from Henan at all and our company is the same. As long as you’re from Henan or Jiangxi, you will uniformly not be considered. Don’t tell me about painting everyone with the same brush, I know that some people are good, but who is willing to take the risk?

oopsdada [网易上海市手机网友]:

50,000 people. Even if every person only occupies 30 centimeters (0.3 meters) from front to back, that woul still be 15,000 meters. How was a hundred meters calculated?

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  • Rick in China

    Um…. “A recruitment fair worker dressed as Xuanzang” — a company you immediately know you DON’T want to work for?

    • Stefan Xu

      If there are no alternatives you’ve got no choice…

      • Rick in China

        Form a union, charter item #6, corporate can not force employees to wear ridiculous monkey king style costumes at any time.

        • Stefan Xu

          Actually I wouldn’t mind wearing that costume, at least I can get some attention. :D

        • lonetrey / Dan

          How about the standard business monkey suit? :O

  • Probotector

    Seriously? What’s with the Henan hate? Surely it’s no different here than anywhere else in China.

    • Rick in China

      It’s not. I think lots of people just using it as an opportunity to troll with their re-used dongguan prostitution jokes…

    • Joe

      actually henan hate has been around for ages, its sort of the florida of china

      • ex-expat

        Florida of China?

      • Jahar

        Without the beaches, or football

      • Arendelle

        Florida is hated in US? I didnt know. why?

        • Joe

          i guess death from face-eating and hoodie-wearing don’t ring a bell, probably for the best. obligatory: http://www.gifbin.com/981588

          • ex-expat

            So one idiot who gets high on bath salts is representative of 20 million people? So does that mean Illinois is hated because of Kanye West?What a ridiculous thing to say.

    • Insomnicide

      Henan is a very rural and arguably backwards area despite being close to major provinces such as Beijing and Jiangsu as well as being a majority industrial/development zone.

      • Probotector

        I know, I’ve been here for eight years, but I was unaware that so many Chinese from elsewhere thought so lowly of this place.

        • Joe

          My parents told me even when they were young Henan people were regarded as “dirty” in China, mostly because of the historical poverty and overpopulation.

          • Tom

            I spent a month in Henan and didn’t think it had as rural a mindset as Hebei, where I live now. You’ll get some stares anywhere in China I suppose, but here it’s accompanied by a really creepy supernatural vibe, and I’m a mere three hour bus ride from Beijing.

          • Joe

            True, parts of Hebei is pretty rustic to say the least, even 30 min outside of Shijiazhuang is like going back in time.

    • Lord_Helmet

      The rumor is that people in Henan are really good at business which means they are good swindlers. Henan people are known as the biggest liars and cheats, especially if you are from 驻马店。

    • Honibaz

      Henan has traditionally been the centre of war in Chinese history. Whenever a nomadic tribe invaded China (Wu Hu Uprising) or there was civil war/warlordism (Central Plains War), Henan would almost always be involved. As a result people who stay there have no legitimate way of making a living, so they’re more likely to turn to swindling.

    • ex-expat

      I have had so many people tell me to never do business with people from Henan (all Chinese). I think there is even relatively well known book about it. Some of them said that being in the middle of China has something to do with all the bad people, which didn’t make any sense to me but many things don’t on the mainland so…

    • Arendelle

      Henan had been historically the heartland of Chinese civilization but was alienated in modern economic development due to its inland location. There is a streotype that people from Henan are pickpockets and experts in deceiving others. Fake products businesses are also prevalent in Henan more than other reigions.

      • Joshua Justice

        fake products? it’s all over

  • Stefan Xu

    See, Chinese people are orderly queuing! :)
    So in the future I don’t want to hear that they can’t queue.

    • firebert5


    • DearDairy

      The ultimate troll! Awesome! Job!

    • loki

      one line, Chinese orderly does not make….

    • whuddyasack

      Nicely done. Talk about a giant smack on the face to those trolls. ;-)
      This just proves their stereotype wrong and only reveals how truly pathetic, miserable and bitter those who perpetuate them are.

    • Rick in China

      They can queue when they’re herded like cattle with ropes apparently. No ropes, no queue.

    • David

      and yet one of the Chinese netizens themselves made this comment “Lined up so orderly? I don’t believe it!!” It is not trolling to say many Chinese do not stand in line well, it is an everyday occurrence for many of us. I have not had it happen to me in three weeks, but that is because I have been back home in America for three weeks. I can not remember the last time I stood in line in China and did not have somebody just walk up in front of the line (at fast food restaurants, at train or bus stations. . .etc).

    • markus peg

      I’ve known better queues from cattle lining up for the slaughter house …

  • Luck Of Fire

    China lack talent, not people. Just how many of them are not exam machines?

    • DearDairy

      actually they are some talented folks here. you probably don’t meet them drinking at Heaven Supermarket in Beijing weekends though. But I understand what you’re saying. This place sucks.

      • David

        He was quoting a Chinese netizen comment from above. They are the one who said “China lack talent, not people”

        • Jay K.

          DearDairy, you got owned son!

          • DearDairy

            Okay J.K., thanks for your opinion.

  • the ace of books

    Dat line … such a waste of space! You’d use fewer barriers and the space more efficiently if you made a square-ended line that wrapped around. What’s the logic in doing it this way? (I know, I know, they were aiming for that dragon look.)

    • markus peg

      You have found a new job, queue barrier designer! China is in need of one and will pay you 50,000RMB a month for your talent.

      • the ace of books

        Hot diggity! I knew there was a market for my unfound talents!

    • Jahar

      This is the post I was surprised no one else made.

    • Young Hui

      Thwarting queue-jumpers, perhaps?

      My satisfaction at witnessing an orderly line was somewhat dampened by the suspicion that they had to adopt such ridiculously inefficient spacing just to prevent cutting.

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  • nqk123

    just think 1.3 billion and you will understand the problem.

  • Cameron

    Gloomy looking people in gloomy weather surrounded by gloomy buildings looking for gloomy work. Sometimes China is just gloomy.

  • mike921

    I challenge the authenticity of the photo! Chinese orderly queuing?

  • vecuccio

    Must be a fake photo ? Chinese people do NOT queue, ever.