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    Boyfriends for hire to beat China's wedding pressure

    There are just days to go before Chinese New Year, the biggest celebration on China's calendar, when the entire country shuts down for a few days of food, fireworks … and family.

    Many enjoy the holiday, but millions of unmarried people merely endure it.

    In the basement of an office tower in downtown Beijing, a cloud of gloom hovers over the canteen at lunch time. Groups of young women huddled over large bowls of noodles look depressed when asked about the February's impending Chinese New Year holiday.

    "I'm pretty old - I'm almost 30 - but I'm still single," explains Ding Na, a woman hailing from China's northeast.

    "I'm under lots of pressure. My sisters and my relatives all ask me why I'm not married. When they call me, I'm scared to pick up the phone."

    Twenty-somethings in China - young women especially - face a strict societal deadline to find a husband before they turn 30.

    According to Zhou Xiaopeng, a consultant with Baihe.com, one of China's biggest dating agencies, the pressure for singles to settle down crescendos around Chinese New Year.

    "Picture a scene where people sit around a table," Ms Zhou says.

    "Chinese people love to get together for dinner. On New Year's Eve, everybody is sitting in pairs, your brother with your sister-in-law, your sister with your brother-in-law, and so on. If you're the only one left behind, you can imagine the pressure and frustration."

    Luckily for some, China's most popular online marketplace, Taobao, offers a band-aid solution: the rental of fake boyfriends.

    For as little as $50 (£32) a day, dozens of classified adverts promise to provide a male companion for the holidays, pretending to be a single woman's plus-one.

    Some postings list a full menu of possibilities - charging $5 an hour to accompany a girl to dinner and $8 for a kiss on the cheek. If the fake boyfriend stays overnight with his client's family for Chinese New Year, he charges $80 a night to sleep in his own bed, and $95 to sleep on the couch.

    Sex is not even an option on the list

    BBC News - Boyfriends for hire to beat China's wedding pressure

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    Isn't there a shortage of women in China?

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    no, they sent all the spare men to Europe and Canada

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    Birth rate sex ratio is 120 males to 100 females apparently.

    Population
    0-14 years: 17.6% (male 126,634,384/female 108,463,142)
    15-64 years: 73.6% (male 505,326,577/female 477,953,883)
    65 years and over: 8.9% (male 56,823,028/female 61,517,001) (2011 est.)

    Slightly more males than females in the working age group (15-64 yo) could bear out your claim that males go overseas, Blue, but the only time that females outnumber males in China appears to be at over 65 yoa.
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    Quote Originally Posted by blue View Post
    no, they sent all the spare men to Europe and Canada
    A good mate of mine is here on a months holiday ,he works in Angola on a big Civil engineering project , he informed me only last night that the Country is crawling with Chinese ,as are many other African Country,s too, just done a little search to see if my mate is not pulling my leg , this link and the graph is quite startling http://www.zerohedge.com/news/beijin...ok-over-africa no bloody wonder there's not enough guys to go round for Chinese New year .!
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