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Jul 25, 2017

Hopes and expectations: the journey of a fake girlfriend

Hopes and expectations: the journey of a fake girlfriend

A Chinese female blogger who posed as a man's Lunar New Year girlfriend says her experience illustrates the generational tensions over finding a marriage partner in China.

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Zhao Yuqing waits for a Spring Festival ritual hosted by Wang Quanming's family to begin in the early morning, in Anxi, Fujian province, China, January 28, 2017. MO YAT/REUTERS

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Vegetables lie on the floor of a storage room in Wang Quanming's family home in Anxi, Fujian province, China, January 28, 2017. Wang's parents cleaned the entire house before Zhao arrived. MO YAT/REUTERS

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Zhao Yuqing looks at a Chinese character "Fu", which means good fortune, on a poster in the elevator of her apartment, in Beijing, China, January 25, 2017. Zhao left for Wang's hometown two days before Chinese New Year. MO YAT/REUTERS

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Wang Quanming and Zhao Yuqing go for a walk on the day of the Spring Festival, in Anxi, Fujian province, China, January 28, 2017. MO YAT/REUTERS

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Zhao Yuqing looks at her phone as she dries her hair after taking a shower at Wang Quanming's home in Anxi, Fujian province, China, January 28, 2017. MO YAT/REUTERS

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Before driving to Wang Quanming's hometown, Zhao Yuqing writes down her conditions for posing as Wang Quanming's girlfriend during their three-day visit with Wang's family, in Quanzhou, Fujian province, January 26, 2017. MO YAT/REUTERS

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Wang Quanming (not pictured) takes a photograph of Zhao Yuqing at the table where she would have her first meal in Wang's family home, in Anxi, Fujian province, China, January 27, 2017. MO YAT/REUTERS

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Zhao Yuqing feeds her dogs before she leaves for Wang Quanming's hometown, in Beijing, China, January 25, 2017. Zhao adopted two street dogs and they recently gave birth to two puppies. MO YAT/REUTERS

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Wang Quanming takes pictures as Zhao Yuqing plays with fireworks on the eve of the Spring Festival in Anxi, Fujian province, China, January 27, 2017. MO YAT/REUTERS

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Zhao Yuqing uses her mobile phone at her apartment before leaving for Wang Quanming's hometown, in Beijing, China, January 25, 2017. MO YAT/REUTERS

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Zhao Yuqing rides in a car on her way to Beijing airport for a flight to Wang Quanming's hometown, in Beijing, China, January 26, 2017. MO YAT/REUTERS

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Wang Quanming's mother Nong Xiurong greets Zhao Yuqing when she arrived in Wang's hometown, in Anxi, Fujian province, China, January 27, 2017. MO YAT/REUTERS

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Wang Quanming's parents pose for a photo in front of their house in Anxi, Fujian province, China, January 29, 2017. MO YAT/REUTERS

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Zhao Yuqing points to a pig during a visit to a farm in Wang Quanming's hometown, in Anxi, Fujian province, China, January 27, 2017. MO YAT/REUTERS

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The word "love" is carved into the headboard of Wang Quanming's bed in his family home in Anxi, Fujian province, China, January 30, 2017. Wang and Zhao Yuqing stayed in separate beds during the visit. MO YAT/REUTERS

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Zhao Yuqing takes a nap at Beijing airport as she waits for her flight to Quanzhou to meet Wang Quanming, in Beijing, China, January 26, 2017. The purple bag contains a Peking duck and snacks Zhao bought as gifts for Wang's mother. MO YAT/REUTERS

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Zhao Yuqing talks to Wang Quanming on her phone after her plane lands in the city of Quanzhou, in Fujian province, China, January 26, 2017. The two will drive to Wang's hometown of Anxi the next day. MO YAT/REUTERS

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A red blanket sits in a closet in Wang Quanming's family home in Anxi, Fujian province, China, January 29, 2017. Wang's mother had offered the blanket to her son in hopes that it would be used by the couple. The colour red symbolizes celebration and joy during the new year festive season. Wang and Zhao Yuqing did not use the blanket and stayed in separate beds during the visit. MO YAT/REUTERS

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Zhao Yuqing takes a selfie with her dogs before sending them to a pet care center and leaving for Wang Quanming's hometown, in Beijing, China, January 26, 2017. MO YAT/REUTERS

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Zhao Yuqing picks bean pods with Wang Quanming in Anxi, Fujian province, January 27, 2017. Zhao said she had never been to a rural area and that was one of the reasons why she chose Wang over other applicants. MO YAT/REUTERS

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Wang Quanming's aunt watches Wang and Zhao Yuqing as they talk before joining a family Spring Festival ritual, in Anxi, Fujian province, January 28, 2017. MO YAT/REUTERS

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Zhao Yuqing (C) checks her mobile phone during a meal with Wang Quanming's family in Anxi, Fujian province, China, January 27, 2017. MO YAT/REUTERS

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Zhao Yuqing and Wang Quanming drink tea as Wang's family play cards, in Anxi, Fujian province, China, January 27, 2017. MO YAT/REUTERS

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Zhao Yuqing hugs her dogs on the night before she leaves for Wang Quanming's hometown, in Beijing, China, January 25, 2017. Zhao said she was nervous about her meeting with Wang. MO YAT/REUTERS

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Zhao Yuqing, Wang Quanming (C) and Wang's brother ride in a car after leaving Wang's family home in Anxi, Fujian province, China, January 30, 2017. Zhao spent three days with Wang's family during the Spring Festival. MO YAT/REUTERS

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Wang Quanming's mother (R) gives a pack of tea leaves to Zhao Yuqing as a gift before Zhao leaves Wang's hometown, in Anxi, Fujian province, China, January 29, 2017. Anxi is located in a famous Chinese tea producing area. MO YAT/REUTERS

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Zhao Yuqing reacts as she leaves her dogs at a pet care centre before leaving for Wang Quanming's hometown, in Beijing, China, January 26, 2017. MO YAT/REUTERS

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Zhao Yuqing and Wang Quanming (R) play with a dog at the apartment where Zhao stayed for a night in the city of Quanzhou Fujian province, China, January 26, 2017. They drove to Quanming's hometown the next morning. MO YAT/REUTERS

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Zhao Yuqing takes pictures of fireworks on the eve of Spring Festival at Wang Quanming's hometown in Anxi, Fujian province, China, January 27, 2017. MO YAT/REUTERS

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Wang Quanming poses for a photograph near the family home where he lived until he was 15 years old, in Anxi county, Fujian province, China, January 30, 2017. MO YAT/REUTERS

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