Hangzhou tour guide rises to fame online
Zhu Ming is filmed while giving a presentation about a tourist attraction. [Photo/ zj.zjol.com.cn]
Zhu Ming, a professional tour guide at a Hangzhou-based tourism company, has recently gained fame on the internet because an exciting speech he gave on common prosperity to a coach bus packed with tourists has gone viral on Douyin, the popular short-video app that is known as TikTok in the West.
During the coach bus trip from Hangzhou to Wuzhen in Zhejiang province last month, one tourist in the tour group led by Zhu asked, "Mr Zhu, in your view, why did the central government choose Zhejiang rather than Jiangsu or Guangdong to be the demonstration zone for common prosperity?"
Zhu then gave a five-minute answer that was filled with concrete data, original perspectives, and a great sense of humor. A video of Zhu's speech was filmed on site and then uploaded to Douyin, where it has been viewed nearly 10 million times. It was even liked and shared by numerous official social media accounts run by government organizations.
While answering the question to a coach bus full of tourists from across the country, Zhu summarized Zhejiang's three advantages in pioneering the national drive for common prosperity: the highest per capita disposable income among Chinese provinces; the most prosperous private sector economy; and the most attractive environment for talents.
"Zhejiang is the only Chinese province in which the per capita income for every single prefecture-level city is above the national average. In addition, the per capita income for the province's urban residents has been the highest among Chinese provinces for 20 consecutive years, while that for the province's rural residents has been the highest for 36 consecutive years," Zhu said.
"Each seemingly inconspicuous place you encounter in Zhejiang might have in fact ruled the world in a certain business field. For example, around 70 percent of the world's lighters are made in Wenzhou."
"Xitang, a picturesque tourism town in Jiaxing, is also a manufacturing base for buttons, accounting for half of the world's total output. Puyuan, another town in Jiaxing, sells 400 million woolen sweaters per year."
"I believe it must be Hangzhou where talents are treated the best around the country. The city has classified high-profile talents into five categories, from A to E. A senior tour guide is recognized as an E-grade talent, the same as a doctorate degree holder, and hence receives a 2,500-yuan ($386) monthly housing subsidy."
"I am recognized as a D-grade talent. People like me could be granted one million yuan in funding from the government on our first purchase of an apartment in the city. Among the D-grade talents is even a delivery rider, a fact that inspires a great many people at ordinary posts."
"An ambitious, capable young person could truly make his way in Hangzhou," Zhu concluded emotionally.