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Valentine's Day warms China, but love costs


16:53, February 13, 2012

BEIJING, Feb. 13 (Xinhua) -- In the eastern city of Nanjing, Xiao Ning plans to spend one fifth of his monthly pay buying his girlfriend a bottle of Coco Chanel perfume to make her smile on the approaching Valentine's Day.

The perfume costs the 28-year-old employee of a foreign-funded enterprise over 1,000 yuan (about 158.9 U.S. dollars), more expensive than any present he has bought his lover in their two years together.

"If I fail to give her a gift that compares, either in price or brand, with what other girls around her receive on Valentine's Day, she will definitely be upset, even without saying it aloud," he says. "It is worth saving up to make her happy."

In Beijing, similarly, a paralegal named Yang Lei took a morning off several days ahead of the "important day" that falls on Feb. 14 to pick out a Swarovski necklace for his sweetheart. It cost 980 yuan, or a quarter of his monthly salary.

Though they have dated for more than three years, this will be the first time the couple get to spend Valentines's Day together in Beijing.

"We used to work in separate cities," 27-year-old Yang says, "so the upcoming Valentine's Day will be very special and worth celebrating."

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