"room-opening" bureau chief
From China Digital Space
开房局长 (kāifáng júzhǎng): “room-opening” bureau chief
This is the nickname given to Xie Zhiqiang (谢志强), who the Wall Street Journal calls “China’s Anthony Weiner.”
Xie became infamous on the Internet after arranging a rendezvous with his mistress on his Sina Weibo account, apparently unaware that the conversation was visible to the public. A portion of their conversation is as follows (as translated by the Wall Street Journal):
Woman: What time do you want meet me?
Xie: How about this afternoon?
Xie: What about the Huangting [Hotel]?
Woman: That works.
Xie: I’ll give you the room key. You go first and relax, I’ll come over shortly after, OK?
Woman: How will you give me the key? I won’t go to the reception desk.
Xie: I’ll get it first and send it to you.
In Mandarin, the phrase “room-opening” (开房 kāifáng) sounds nearly the same in Chinese as “generous” (开放 kāifàng), so the epithet “room-opening bureau chief” sounds similar to “generous bureau chief.”
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