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Floating Chinese Government Officials Inspect Landscaping

Hangzhou Yuhang District Chinese government officials in a obviously photoshopped image where they appear to be "floating".

Hangzhou Yuhang District Chinese government officials in a obviously photoshopped image where they appear to be "floating".

Last year, we reported about three Chinese government officials in Huili seemingly floating above the road they were supposedly inspecting, greatly annoying but also amusing Chinese netizens who soon photoshopped the floating government officials further onto all manner of backgrounds. Filipino government officials soon reassured Chinese netizens that Chinese government officials aren’t the only engage in Photoshop manipulation of photographs of themselves working. Recently, Chinese government officials have again embarrassed themselves, this time in Hangzhou…

From People’s Daily:

“Photo of Floating Leaders Conducting Inspection” Published, Zhejiang Yuhang Government Website Apologizes

Recently on the Zhejiang Hangzhou Yuhang government official website, a piece of news titled “Completion and Transfer of the Green Landscaping Project of Nanhu Beach Park” attracted attention. While there’s nothing strange about this piece of news itself, the highlight was that in the attached image, the five males in the photo are “floating” above the greenbelt [green landscaping” and pedestrian path, with obvious traces of image manipulation [composition of two images]. Netizens say government leaders have all learned how to “airwalk”.

As a result of this incident, the Hangzhou Yuhang government website posted on the 18th an apology letter where the Hangzhou Nanhu Construction Development Limited Company apologized for this matter, stating that serious mistakes appeared in the photograph due to unsuitable work processes.

Content of apology letter below:

Zhejiang province Hangzhou city Yuhang district official government website apologizing for photoshopped image of floating government officials.

May 9th, my company submitted the news manuscript of the “Completion and Transfer of the Green Landscaping Project of Nanhu Beach Park” to the Yuhang District Government Portal Website, along with photographs of technicians on location conducting inspections. Due to unsuitable work processes, there were serious mistakes in the uploaded photograph. With regards to the errors of our work, we deeply express our apologies: We sincerely accept the criticizes of the netizen masses, and wholeheartedly appreciate the concern netizens have given us.

——杭州南湖建设开发有限公司
2012年5月18日”>–Hangzhou Nanhu Construction Development Ltd.
2012 May 18

The original images:

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The original photo of the Hangzhou Yuhang government officials inspecting the landscaping of Nanhu Beach Park.

The original photo of the Hangzhou Yuhang government officials inspecting the landscaping of Nanhu Beach Park.

Comments from NetEase (1 & 2):

wy123789zz [网易河北省邢台市网友]:

Such low skill, immediately obvious at first glance, and yet it was submitted. The editor and auditor, these pigheaded idiots, must’ve purchased their positions.

問水 [网易广东省广州市网友]:

This kind of PS skill is too pathetic, even a blind person could tell! LD, you’d be better off hiring me, I provide legitimate fapiao [receipts]!

奢侈的网络生活 [网易福建省莆田市网友]:

A family of 3 were watching television on the sofa. Thirsty, the father told his 3-year-old son to bring him a cup of water. The son noisily climbed down from the sofa and noisily walked out of the room. Not long later, he noisily walked back in with a cup of water, which the father took from him and took a drink from, praising his son. The mother then asks: He’s so short, where did he get the water? The father thought long and hard before bitterly arriving at a conclusion: It could only be the toilet!

果被贼窃 [网易广东省深圳市网友]:

Committing fraud is their nature [referring to government officials].

卡布里向日葵 [网易北京市朝阳区手机网友]:

…NO traces of PS whatsoever…→_→

网易广东省佛山市网友:

These bastards are even too lazy to go participate in something as simple and relaxed as inspecting green landscaping, just what the hell are they doing during working hours?
And still every month they collect so much in salary from taxpayers.
Are they supposed to serve the people, or are the people supposed to serve them?

月君 [网易江苏省连云港市网友]:

Upon evaluation; The skill of the person Photoshopping images obviously is not up to par. The probability of this person having gotten the job through connections is enormous. Suggested handling: The specific administrator should still try to hire some people who actually have real talent and training. Hope the government leadership will consider and adopt [my suggestion]!!!

ta找我精品小栈 [网易四川省南充市网友]:

Actually the photo isn’t bad, but can you fucking be more diligent when Photoshopping???

网易广东省佛山市网友:

When I used to want to become a civil servant, other people always said one had to depend on connections. Now I completely believe it. If it were actually based on qualifications, would this kind of mentally retarded masterpiece have happened??

拆迁队陆政委 [网易福建省泉州市网友]:

I bet they themselves couldn’t see past it, yet they were still able to turn in this level of work?? Do they overestimate their own intelligence, or do they underestimate the rabble?

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