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Room-opening bureau chief

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开房局长 (kāi fang jú zhǎng): the “room-opening” bureau chief

This is the nickname given to Xie Zhiqiang(谢志强) who was dubbed by the Wall Street Journal as “China’s Weiner.”

Xie became infamous on the internet after arranging a rendezvous with his mistress on his Sina Microblog, apparently unaware that their conversation was visible to the public. As translated by the Wall Street Journal, a portion of their conversation is as follows:

Woman: What time do want to meet me?

Xie: How about this afternoon?

Woman: Where?

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.

The phrase “room-opening” sounds nearly the same in Chinese as “generous” (kāifáng vs. kāifàng), so in Chinese “room-opening bureau chief” sounds like “generous bureau chief.”