Planet China

Company drinks

At job fairs in China you often see advertisements for positions that specify a height or age (for secretaries or security guards, for instance). But a public relations recruiter at a job fair in Hubei province had more specific demands: a woman capable of drinking at least half a litre of liquor (at a time). In modern China, corporate entertainment often involves toasting clients with local wines – called baijiu. Sorghum-based Moutai is the most famous and is no pushover to drink, with a 53% alcohol content. According to the Wuhan Evening News the ‘booze’ requirement forced “many women” to withdraw job applications to work at the PR firm.


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