Chinese singles dreading those annoying questions from nagging parents over the Chinese New Year are increasingly turning to a website that allows them to rent a boyfriend or girlfriend for the occasion.
Chinese website Taobao.com offers over 260 fake boyfriends to accompany women to family events, meals, and on shopping trips. They'll even kiss you, though that costs extra — 50 Yuan extra, according to The Star.
Though the practice has sparked fierce debate, as China Daily reported, the rented-out significant others don't seem to mind.
"I don't have many opportunities to meet girls. The business is not for money. It's just bored people meeting each other," said 22-year-old Xue Shuai, who rents himself out as a boyfriend.
China is gearing up for the New Year celebrations, a 10-day affair starting on February 10 during which many Chinese return home to spend time with their families, the Australian reported.
China's estimated 180 million singles — many of them women in their 30s — feel pressure from parents to couple up, according to the Australian.
"My parents want me to get married by 30," one woman explained to the Guardian, which profiled the trend last year. "Bringing a 'boyfriend' back home simply means I get less hassle from relatives and my parents will stop worrying about my romantic life."
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