Eight of the Strangest Occupations in China

The medical troublemaker makes the poor “doctor-patient relationship” even worse. (Image: via  pixabay  /  CC0 1.0)
The medical troublemaker makes the poor “doctor-patient relationship” even worse. (Image: via pixabay / CC0 1.0)

Just like in any other country, there are Chinese jobs that are irreplaceable, for example, a teacher, physician, or butcher. However, in recent years, Chinese society has developed many ambiguous “occupations.” Most people do not regard them as jobs, but for some they are ways to make a living.

Check out these eight phony and rather unscrupulous occupations.

Medical troublemaker

The medical troublemaker makes the poor “doctor-patient relationship” even worse. If a patient does not improve or even dies, the patient’s family will hire people to protest against the doctor in front of the hospital, thus interfering with the ability of those working in the hospital to perform their work.

Buying agent

The tax on items imported into China is so high that many white-collar workers give up their jobs and join the buying agent business. The profit to be made from smuggling items in and selling them more than makes up for their lost wages.

He looked at the mirror for a few more second, and made the decision that he did not want to be a beggar anymore. (Image: pixabay / CC0 1.0)

An increasing number of people have discovered they can make more money begging than working. (Image: pixabay / CC0 1.0)

Professional beggar

An increasing number of people have discovered they can make more money begging than working. However, as the number of professional beggars increases, it’s likely the sympathy of others will fade, ruining chances for the genuinely helpless beggars.

Scalper

Some people criticize scalpers for cheating others out of their money, but others are thankful for the convenience they bring.

Home-wrecker

Many women become home-wreckers unintentionally, while some of them seem to enjoy it. Since living in a big city in China is so expensive, some young ladies get into a relationship with an older, wealthy man—a sugar daddy. Since he is already married, he will buy her a house or apartment nearby, as well as clothing and gifts. The key is not to be found out by her lover’s wife; if she is, she will be labelled a home-wrecker.

Many women become home-wreckers unintentionally, while some of them seem to enjoy it. (Image: GRDK via flickr CC BY-SA 2.0)

Many women become home-wreckers unintentionally, while some of them seem to enjoy it. (Image: GRDK via flickr CC BY-SA 2.0)

Sober driver

Since breath testing for drunk driving is increasing, so is business for hired sober drivers. When friends go out to drink, they hire a sober driver to get them home.

Internet army, aka 50 Cent Brigade

The internet army seldom gets together, but you can often see the aftermath of their work. These people are known as the 50 Cent Party, or 50 Cent Brigade. They are paid by the Chinese Communist Party to comment favorably on Communist Party policies in an attempt to sway peoples’ opinions. They attack articles or blog posts that reveal problems with the government or that discuss “sensitive” subjects like democracy, Falun Gong, human rights, or forced demolitions, for example. In the West, they’re labelled as internet trolls.

Rich plutocrat’s love detective

Wealthy plutocrats (wealthy class that controls the government) realize that some marriage-seekers may just be looking for a wealthy spouse. A love detective is hired to find out if the person the plutocrat wants to get closer to is really looking for love, or is just after their money.

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