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Sleeping for a living in five-star hotels

Last updated on: March 19, 2012 13:40 IST

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A woman in China has been hired to stay in five-star hotels and rate the services offered by the staff.

She was selected out of 7,800 candidates and has stayed in more than 200 hotels until now.

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Zhuang sleeps on the bed as she shows a part of her job as a Hotel Test Sleeper at a boutique hotel in central Beijing.

Zhuang was selected as one of three final winners out of 7,800 candidates and started working for Qunar as a Professional Hotel Test Sleeper in March 2010.

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Zhuang checks a tea cup at a business chain hotel, in Beijing. At present, she has slept at more than 200 hotels.

"My job is to role-play travellers of different types, different ages and genders at different scenarios, and see how each hotel fits their particular needs." Zhuang says.

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Zhuang checks the bed of a Beijing traditional hotel with courtyard houses, known as "Siheyuan" in Chinese, in central Beijing.

Her reviews help travellers make smart hotel picks and bring them a more pleasant experience on the road. Qunar, a Chinese online travel platform, started to recruit Professional Hotel Test Sleepers in 2010.

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Zhuang checks the texture of the toilet paper at a business chain hotel, in Beijing. The requirement for this new profession is to sleep at selected hotels without disclosing their real job and write expert reviews about the facilities, location, dining, services and prices of the hotels, in order to provide an independent third-party evaluation and an authoritative guide to travellers, according to the company.

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Zhuang looks back at an entrance of a Beijing traditional hotel with courtyard houses, known as "Siheyuan" in Chinese, in central Beijing.

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Zhuang checks a bottle of body wash in the bathroom of a boutique hotel in central Beijing.

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Zhuang takes a picture of slippers in the toilet of a boutique hotel in central Beijing.

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Zhuang checks the bed of a business chain hotel in Beijing.

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Zhuang stands on the roof of a public living room of a Beijing traditional hotel with courtyard houses, known as "Siheyuan" in Chinese, in central Beijing.

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Zhuang uses her laptop on the bed at a boutique hotel, in central Beijing.

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Zhuang checks the network speed of Wi-Fi on her iPad at the public area of a Beijing traditional hotel with courtyard houses, known as "Siheyuan" in Chinese, in central Beijing.

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Zhuang takes a picture of a public area at a Beijing traditional hotel with courtyard houses, known as "Siheyuan" in Chinese, in central Beijing.

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Zhuang checks the bed of a Beijing traditional hotel with courtyard houses, known as "Siheyuan" in Chinese, in central Beijing.

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Zhuang takes a picture of a Chinese porcelain in a public living room at a Beijing traditional hotel with courtyard houses, known as "Siheyuan" in Chinese in central Beijing.

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Zhuang finds a single hair on the bed of a boutique hotel in central Beijing.

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Zhuang checks a glass as part of her job as a Hotel Test Sleeper at a boutique hotel in central Beijing.

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Zhuang uses her mobile phone as she looks for a boutique hotel along a traditional alleyway, or Hutong, in central Beijing.


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