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“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

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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.

网易辽宁省沈阳市手机网友(61.161.*.*):

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)

Definitely.

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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