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Rent-a-date

By Mo Ting (Global Times)

08:26, January 10, 2012

A man holds a piece of paper that says renting a girlfriend to visit parents with during the Spring Festival.(Photo from Global Times)

Filial piety has long been hailed as a great virtue in traditional Chinese culture. It is so crucial, even among young people today, that some will go as far as to "rent" a boyfriend or girlfriend during the Chinese New Year just to please their parents back home.

Turning from simply a concept into reality, the business of renting partners has thrived in recent years, especially when tens of millions of single men and women are planning trips home to reunite with their families for the most important holiday of the year - Spring Festival.

As a result, advertisements for such services abound on the Internet, offering a boyfriend or girlfriend at different prices based on their looks, education and manners.

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