Beijing luxury hotel rivals Australia for 'world's best job' post
Blueprints for a new Australian spy facility are not the only thing China allegedly wants - they are now also vying against the Aussies to offer the best job in the world, or sort of.
Real estate giant Soho China is calling on applicants for a hotel manager position that comes with a two million yuan (HK$2.5 million) annual pay cheque, 60 days of paid leave and the most priceless benefit of all -"fresh breathable air" around the clock.
According to a post on Wednesday on the company's official Sina Weibo account, the chosen candidate will be stationed at the secluded Commune by the Great Wall resort, nestled high in the hills beside the wall's ancient ruins in Beijing's Yanqing county . The Commune complex is known for its stylish villas and suites designed by different Asian architects. A private path provides access to an untouched portion of the Great Wall of China, according to its website.
"Many of the positions at our company are well compensated and everybody is welcome to apply for the job," said Soho China's head of personnel Liu Yu. That was the limit of what she said she could disclose.
Travel website TripAdviser ranks the hotel No 1 out of 35 hotels in Yanqing county. Most reviews describe the hotel as being "quiet", "relaxing" and a "unique experience".
But some guests said the hotel was "overpriced" and provided poor service.
Australia's tourism promoter launched a wildly successful campaign in 2009 dubbed "Best Job in the World" which opened up a wide range of adventure and outdoor enthusiast positions to applicants around the world.
The campaign was run again by Tourism Australia this year and two Hongkongers were shortlisted for jobs as a park ranger and outback adventurer.
Australia's Best Job in the World comes with an annual salary of A$50,000 (HK$405,000) and allowances and benefits worth another A$50,000.
In 2012, Soho China founders Pan Shiyi and his wife Zhang Xin were ranked 21st on Forbes China Rich List.
The company invests in properties in Beijing and Shanghai, most of which are designed in a modern architectural style.