Single women in China are renting fake boyfriends to appease their pushy parents during family gatherings.
Demands for rent-by-day boyfriends have peaked as the Lunar New Year, the most important holiday in the Chinese tradition, is less than two weeks away.
The price for a pretend partner can run up to £180 per day and services on offer range from meeting parents to staying the night.
The list of services are flexible and are mainly decided by the men.
They can include meeting the parents, having dinners with them, watching films, kissing and spending the night.
Some men require the women to pay for all the expenses, including the train tickets and meals.
To attract more customers, some candidates offer what they call a 'green lease' , which is an agreement signed by both parties to make sure there are no grey-areas or violation of rules.
'Green lease' holders are not allowed to sleep with the woman in the same room.
The Chinese tradition often see marriage in a very high priority and single women aged 27 and over are considered as Shengnu, the 'leftover women'.
hed, NC, United States, 21 hours ago
I should hire one for my gf who is in Beijing. Little do they know she's into girls
Pampa, Northern California, United States, 1 day ago
They have their funny ways, which is good!!!
H20CH210, New York, United States, 1 day ago
We have to stop treating women like they are diseased if they aren't married or with children past 30. It's really not easy out there and your options become limited with each passing year. Family pressure isn't helping the cause either.
ToledoMom, Toledo, United States, 1 day ago
I've been long under the impression there is a huge shortage of women in China due to the (former) one child policy and a disproportionate number of female babies aborted. Who would think any woman in China would need to rent a boyfriend with those statistics?
gerald69, New York City, 1 day ago
They're very picky