By the sweat of her . . . brow?

It seems that a Chinese lady (?) has a novel method of buying a house.  The BBC reports:

Given what a the challenge it can be to get on the property ladder in the country, it’s probably no surprise that Chinese social media was buzzing with one particular property story last week.

. . .

Xiaoli, a woman from the city of Shenzhen in southern China, asked each of her 20 current boyfriends to buy her a newly launched iPhone 7. She then sold all of the phones to a mobile phone recycling site called Hui Shou Bao for 120,000 Chinese yuan [about US $17,750], and used the money to put down a deposit on a house in the countryside.

Proud Qiaoba wrote in the blog post that when Xiaoli showed her new house to their group of friends, they were all very surprised when she revealed how she had managed to obtain the money for the deposit.

“Everyone in the office is talking about this now,” wrote Proud Qiaoba, “Who knows what her boyfriends think now this news has become public.”

. . .

Many social media users, like ‘small sand is growing’, have expressed admiration for Xiaoli.

“I can’t even find one boyfriend. She can actually find 20 boyfriends at the same time and even get them to buy her an iPhone 7. Just want to ask her to teach me such skills.”

There’s more at the link.

Sounds like an enterprising young lady, with tender (or should that be Tinder?) sensibilities.  If she can find the stamina (and the timekeeping skills) to keep no less than twenty boyfriends happy, to the point that they’re willing to buy her such expensive gifts, she’s clearly got an (or should that be their?) entrepreneurial bent, too!



  1. I do wonder if the boyfriends got anything at all out of the relationship. Most likely she just texted with them, sent them an occasional picture, etc…

  2. In university I had a lovely female friend (just a friend, no romance) who came to me at the end-of-the-month every so often with evident concern because she had "unexpected" expenses and was therefore £10 short of what she needed to pay her rent.
    Her situation with no family support, low work income, and tuition and living expenses was so tight that she could not even promise to pay me back later. She dreaded the thought of putting her nice landlord in a bind, or even worse being evicted and having to leave her studies.

    It was all true of course — except for the bit about being "only £10 short" and "unexpected". In all there were a few dozen of us who carried her through that year, and I really suspect that most of us weren't fooled, and knew we were each willingly providing 10% of what she needed every so often. We all went along with the charade of gifting the "last £10" and she completed her degree. It helped that we all knew she was a hard worker both in employment and studies, and that she lived frugally.

  3. Thanks to the "One-Child" policy; some regions of China had a 13 to 1 male female ratio. Twenty um subscribers may be the new normal.

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