“Why are we coming here?” I ask my best friend of seven years.
“You’ll see,” she replies with a smirk on her face.
I see a large crowd up ahead. They seem to be gathered around the large screen on the side of the shopping mall. As I step through the hordes of people, each of them give me a glance and then go back to eagerly staring at the monitor.
Then it begins.
Up on the screen a video begins playing. Slowly I begin to realise that the man and woman, whose lives are being played in front of everyone, is me and my boyfriend. The feeling begins to sink in.
Oh my days. Is this really happening? Can it really be?
As if right on cue, my loving partner appears through the ocean of bodies, clutching a bouquet of flowers and a tiny jewellery box. He stops in front of me, smiling, and lowers himself onto one knee.
This is what happened to a young lady in Huangshi, Hubei Province. Her subsequent engagement to her boyfriend made rounds online, not just because the whole process was fairly lavish—albeit cliched—in execution, but due to their ages. The girl was born in the 90s and her fiancee is around 40 years her senior, in his sixties.
Words such as “cradle snatcher” and “gold digger” are often thrown around when events like this occurs. But regardless of whether this will eventually be a marriage of love or a union of convenience, one thing is clear: that man has a lot of gold for digging.
Red envelopes were handed out to passersby for being present at their special day, with 999 RMB being the least amount of money packed into any one. Quite the payday for an hour of gazing.
This “father daughter love (父女恋)” is not uncommon in China. Many female celebrities looking to snare themselves an older man, and there are even services out there for (really really rich) older men looking to date younger ladies.
Who knows? Maybe these two love-birds were satisfied customers from a particular matchmaking service.