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Lunar New Year boosts demand for Chinese ‘girlfriend rental’ app

As thousands and thousands in China head residence to rejoice the Lunar New 12 months vacation with their households, 24-year-old Luoluo is busy answering messages on a cell app from determined males seeking to rent an immediate girlfriend whom they’ll current to mother and pa.

On visits residence in the course of the vacation, which kicks off on Friday, single individuals are usually subjected to robust lectures from family members eager on reinforcing the significance of marriage and securing the household blood line.

Some singles resort to hiring pretend girlfriends and boyfriends to appease their mother and father. However an explosion in smartphone use in recent times means one can now pay for such a date via a handful of cell apps, with just some clicks.

“Over 1,000 customers on our platform have signed up as dates for rent for the New 12 months break,” Cao Tiantian, founding father of date-for-hire app Rent Me Plz, instructed Reuters.

Subscribers to the app pay from as little as 1 yuan ($zero.15) to 1,999 yuan an hour for a dinner date, a chat, a sport of mah-jong or perhaps a foot therapeutic massage.

Costs surge across the time of Lunar New 12 months, with 1000’s of enticing twenty-somethings like Luoluo commanding charges of three,000 yuan to 10,000 yuan a day.

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