Xiayi, Henan province is widely known as China’s “Hometown of Watermelons.” Here there is a profession called “Melon Inspector”. This unique job can earn up to 40,000 yuan or 6,000 dollars a month, and at least 390,000 yuan or 57,000 dollars extra income throughout the year. 

Xiayi, Henan province is located in a warm temperature zone of China. It has an average temperature ranging from 49 to 90 Fahrenheit degrees, or from 9 to 32 Celsius degrees. The region is filled with sufficient sunlight throughout the year, moderate heat and cold, and four distinct seasons. Therefore, watermelon grown here is juicy and sweet, and the meat is tender.

A transaction site here can purchase more than 200,000 catties, or 220,000 pounds of watermelon a day, to transport the sweet fruit to everywhere in China. 

To ensure the quality of local watermelon, the merchants here hire a so-called “watermelon inspector”. 

And Sun Hongkai is one of those watermelon inspectors. In the interview, Sun Hongkai admitted he self-taught himself into being a watermelon inspector. With his own formula, he starts his day at 6 every morning. Just hold a watermelon in hand, he only needs on average “fastest 1 second, slowest 3 seconds’ to know whether a watermelon tastes great or poor. 

Sun Hongkai said that the salary of a melon inspector is calculated by kilograms. On average, he can inspect more than 100,000 kilograms, or 220,000 pounds of watermelons a day. During peak hours, he can earn more than 2,000 yuan, or almost 300 dollars a day. So on average Sun earns 30,000 to 40,000 yuan or more than 4,000 dollars to almost 6,000 dollars a month. 

Sun Hongkai also shared some of his secret formula. For example, the color of the ripe watermelon which has touched the ground is yellowish. The higher the degree of yellowness, the longer the watermelon has grown. As for the fineness of the watermelon, we should observe the skin of the watermelon. The texture should be clear and the fruit shape should be full. No bumps are the best; the last step is to tap the watermelon. When you tap, if there is a vibrating sound, then it is a ripe watermelon. As for the sweetness, look at the navel of the watermelon. The smaller the navel, the better.

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