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New year, new fake partners for China’s young singletons with parents to please | World news | guardian.co.uk

The romantic comedy Contract Lover reflects the trend of hiring an escort in an attempt to stop parents matchmaking.Finding a new man to take home for the holidays proved surprisingly easy for Lily Li. He had to be reliable, taciturn – and available for a few hundred yuan.

“I was not looking for some perfect guy to marry. Just someone tall – my parents like tall guys a lot – honest and not too talkative, so he doesn’t say something wrong,” explained the 26-year-old.

Next week’s lunar new year is China‘s biggest festival. It can also be a major headache for those returning home without a potential spouse. Pressure on young adults to settle down goes into overdrive, as gathering family members begin the inquisition and line up possible candidates.

Taking a boyfriend or girlfriend home is a fast way to curb the speculation, which is why Li, like other twentysomethings, has hired a fake partner through an online agency.

“My parents want me to get married by 30,” the office worker explained. “Bringing a ‘boyfriend’ back home simply means I get less hassle from relatives and my parents will stop worrying about my romantic life.”

Li will pay him between 500 and 700 yuan £51-£72 a day – they are still haggling – to accompany her from Beijing to Hunan to meet her parents.

“I don’t need him to stay long, just one night, New Year‘s Eve, and he can just say work is busy and he has to go back the next day, like [the guy I hired] last year,” she said.

via New year, new fake partners for China’s young singletons with parents to please | World news | guardian.co.uk.

Strange Random Matchmaking Quote:

“What the world really needs is more love and less paperwork.” – Pearl Bailey

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