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China Seeks Monkey King: 2 lac Pay, Free Bananas!

In an amusing job opportunity, China’s Wuzhishan Scenic Area is seeking someone to portray the legendary Monkey King from Chinese folklore. The role, which offers a monthly salary of $842, entails residing in a cave at the base of a mountain, interacting with tourists, and enjoying abundant bananas.

The Monkey King, Sun Wukong, holds a cherished place in Chinese culture, akin to the popularity of Grimm’s Fairy Tales in the West. Renowned for magical abilities, martial arts prowess, and mischievous adventures, the Monkey King remains a beloved figure across generations through stories, movies, and TV adaptations.

The selected candidate, donning a monkey mask and costume, will live in the cave at Wuzhishan, also known as “five fingers mountain,” reenacting the Monkey King’s initial entrapment by angry gods. While this modern portrayal involves less movement than the Monkey King’s epic journeys, it promises the enjoyable task of receiving snacks from visiting children, ranging from apples to instant noodles and, of course, lots of bananas.

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No specific academic qualifications are necessary; instead, a passion for Sun Wukong, acting talent, and a friendly demeanor for engaging with tourists are essential. Already garnering interest, two actors have been hired, leaving just one spot available. The position emphasizes that eating an excessive amount of bananas is not obligatory, as current actors often share their snacks with colleagues. To address concerns about the cave’s chilly conditions, an electric heater has been thoughtfully installed.

One actor, inspired by childhood love for the character, aims to bring joy, promote Chinese culture, and draw attention to the mental health of children and teenagers.

This whimsical job opportunity combines cultural immersion, interactive engagement, and a buffet of free bananas, making it a unique and appealing role for those eager to step into the shoes – or rather, the mask – of the legendary Monkey King