I haven’t written about this for a couple of years so I thought I’d bring it up again for the newer readers. Basically, many young Chinese are under severe pressure from their parents to find a husband or wife and many of them resort to hiring someone to go home with them during the Spring Festival and pretend to be their boyfriend / girlfriend. The rates seem quite generous too. When I blogged about this in 2009, the guy in question was offering 6,000 RMB with all expenses covered in addition for a girl to go back with him to his home town during new year.
Interestingly the girl in the picture is offering 10,000 RMB for 5 days “work”, so I guess inflation has pushed up the market rates in the last 2 years! I have to admit I’d be tempted to do it for free. It would make for an interesting week away and solve the problem of boredom during the 7 day break!
I have to admit, when I first saw the picture I thought she was offering to be someone’s fake girlfriend for 10,000 RMB, but it’s the other way round.