This is the story of how the first manager of Hilton Hotel was hired. Now I'm not sure if this is actually a true story, based on a true story, or totally made up, but I nonetheless found it to be quite a touching read with a moral. The moral of the story is that in this fast-paced busy world, an empathetic act of kindness can really go a long way. I personally really like stories with a moral at the end of it, so I will try to post more like this.
I would rate this at an intermediate level just because it uses some big words as well as idioms (a great opportunity to expand your vocab!). Having said that don't be intimidated as I'm going to breakdown some of the complex characters to help you better digest this article. Again, observe the sentence structure in Chinese and see if you're starting to get the hang of it.
If you have any difficulties, DO NOT HESITATE TO ASK in the comments below, I will try to respond to all of you (feel free to help others out as well). Happy reading!
疲惫(Pí Bèi) - Exhausted
神情(Shén Qíng) - Facial expression
住宿(Zhù Sù) - Accommodation
客满打烊(Kè Mǎn Dǎ Yáng) - These characters mean that the hotel is full and ready to close for the night, but actually nowadays people don't use this phrase that often. It is the traditional way to express this meaning. Nowadays people use 关门 instead of 打烊.
结账(Jié Zhàng) - Paying the bill. This is a word that you have to learn if you would like to visit China one day. It is used frequently in restaurants when you are asking for the bill.
整洁(Zhěng Jié) - Neat
通宵(Tōng Xiāo) - Stay up
旅途(Lǚ Tú) - Trip
The couple saw that this was actually a clean and tidy room, so they happily agreed to stay for the night. The next day, when they went to reception to check out, the receptionist said: "You do not need to pay because I just lent my room to you for one night. Hope you enjoy your trip!" So as it turned out, [the old couple discovered] that the receptionist did not sleep for the whole night, he just stayed up and worked at the reception. The two elders were very touched! The old man said: "Kid, you are the best hotel operator I have ever seen. You will be rewarded." The receptionist smiled and said it’s not a big deal.
He sent the elders out and turned around to continue doing his own things and totally forgot about this event. He never thought that one day, he would receive an invitation letter. He opened it, and inside there was a flight ticket to New York and a short note containing a job offer. He took the flight to New York and followed the directions given in the letter until he reached the destination. He raised his head and saw a splendid and magnificent hotel in front of his eyes. It turns out, a few months ago on that night, the people he served were actually billionaires. The billionaires bought this huge hotel for the receptionist and truly believed that he would manage this hotel well. This is the globally famous story of the first manager of Hilton Hotel.