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More lovers for rent over Chinese New Year

February 9, 2010

CHINESE youngsters, who have reached marriage age, have come out with a new “game” – renting lovers.

The group, mostly born in the 80s, was anxiously looking for their other halves just to stop their parents from grumbling about marriage.

With Chinese New Year just around the corner, many people have been busy packing to return to their hometowns for the festival.

Although they were delighted to return home, some were worried to face their parents who would grumble and ask about their other halves.

Some parents have even arranged for a series of “match-making” sessions for their children.

To avoid the “unwanted” scenarios from happening, Chinese were eagerly in search of a part-time lover to bring home.

They were even willing to pay for the part-timers, the Central News Agency reported.

The “people renting” business has been blooming in China, especially Guangdong province, as the time to return home is getting closer.

Some people who wished to make extra cash during this period have advertised themselves on the Internet.

China’s famous website Baidu even has over 1,000 postings of people advertising themselves for rent.

The “people for rent” business originated from Japan in 2001 when companies rented their workers to their customers as lovers, relatives or even to attend weddings and funerals.

In the new year there is now a regular on the popular modern society do. Traditionally red packets are also handed out to younger generation by their parents, grand parents, relatives, and even close neighbors and friends during Chinese New Year. Nowadays giving red packets as a bonus at the year-end by employers becomes popular and Chinese new year parcel is also a tradition of giving to business associates or relatives.

Giving Chinese new year parcel to employees prior to the New Year is also a good idea. This can be either a gift or a bonus. If it is as a gift, the money should be just right for a gift. If as a bonus, you may enclose a check in the parcel gift and hand it out in an office.

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