Chinese women are renting fake boyfriends online to take home for Lunar New Year
Nirapad News : Single Chinese women heading home for Lunar New Year are renting fake boyfriends online to meet their parents to avoid awkward questions about marriage.
Millions of Chinese people travel home for Lunar New Year, which often provides an opportunity for family members to quiz women about their love-lives.
And it can be a particularly stressful time if women have no partner.
In urban areas, 7% cent of women between the ages of 25 and 34 and estimated to be unmarried, according to the Foreign Affairs journal.
So Taobao – China’s biggest online marketplace – are advertising men who will pose a temporary boyfriends.
The going rate can be anything from 1,000 yuan (£103) to 10,000 yuan (£1,036).
They even charge extra for holding hands or surfing online together.
Online searches for ‘rental boyfriend’ shot up 884% between 2012 and 2013, although no figures exist for the number of rentals taking place.
“I’m under lots of pressure, said single woman Ding Na to the BBC in 2013.
“My sisters and my relatives all ask me why I’m not married. When they call me, I’m scared to pick up the phone,”
An advert for the Greater China Royal Sovereign boyfriend rental centre on Taobao offers the likes of American and Canadian boyfriends, report the Daily Mail.
It says: “Why are you still hesitating? Hurry over to order a fit for your boyfriend now.
“New Year back home, no longer afraid of gossip, regardless of your eight aunts.”
One prospective fake boyfriend is reported to offer to listen to abuse for 50 yuan (£5) per 20 minutes.