In China, single women who reach the ripe “old” age of 27 are given the derogatory label, “sheng nu,” which translates as “leftovers.”
These sheng nu are facing pressure from parents to get a boyfriend.However,woman are more practical during this days, they prefer to focus on their careers first and relationships later. To avoid getting pestered, some women have turned to several websites that offer boyfriend rentals.
One such website, Taobao, lists a number of fake companions which offer a range of services, including going out on movie dates, hand-holding, and even cuddling.
Those men under the said website charge between 1,000 yuan (US$152) to 10,000 yuan (US$1,526) a day. Furthermore, Taobao allows women to choose from different types such as, “American boyfriend, Canadian boyfriend, and domineering boyfriend Jiangsu.”
It was reported in a Singaporean news website that the peak season for boyfriend rentals are during Chinese New Year. The reason is to avoid any opinion from their relatives as they spend their long holidays with their family.