Boyfriend rentals up in China in time for Valentine’s Day

Boyfriend rentals up in China in time for Valentine’s Day

Chinese Lunar New Year and Valentine’s Day are only days apart this year, giving a boost to a new and booming business in China — boyfriend rentals.

Taobao, China’s popular shopping website, says that online searches for the term “rental boyfriend” have soared by 884 percent over the same period last year. A search for the Chinese characters of “rent-a-boyfriend” on Taobao.com produces more than 2,000 results, at a range of prices.

Those prices depend on what the customer wants. For instance, just going to a movie can cost 50 RMB (about $8) an hour, but that price doubles if it’s a horror movie. Different rates apply for simple conversation, a dinner party, going out for drinks or meeting the parents.

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