Here's why Chinese are hurrying to hire girlfriends and boyfriends and 'Hire Me Plz' mobile app is cashing it

China is preparing to celebrate the Lunar New Year on 27th January 2017. Millions of Chinese across the world are preparing to gather with their family to celebrate this auspicious occasion with firecrackers.

This January denotes the beginning of the Year of the Rooster, according to the Chinese zodiac cycle. For Chinese, the day is traditionally marked with the giving away the gifts and celebrations with family and looking to what the sign of the Rooster will mean for the year ahead.

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The new rooster will begin from January 28, 2017. Celebrations begin on January 27, New Year's Eve and last for two weeks.

To celebrate this festival, millions of Chinese are reaching their home from various parts of the world. The festival is marked by the importance of marriage and securing the family blood line. Hence many Chinese reaches their home with their counterpart to introduce with their family. Single people are often subjected to tough lectures from relatives. 

In this regard, some singles hire fake girlfriends and boyfriends to appease their parents. With the rise of technology these days, new mobile apps like Hire Me Plz have come where you can get boyfriends and girlfriends on the rental basis with just a few clicks.

The rental fare starts from 1 yuan ($0.15) to 1,999 yuan for an hour for a dinner date, chat date or for even a foot massage.


The prices even surge on the New Year Day to 10,000 yuans pertaining to the heavy competition on that day.

Hire Me Plz have been started in 2015 and have the user base of 700,000 and 1.7 million followers on Wechat.

This is the app that is trading high in China for this Luna New Year. But, Date rentals is witnessing criticism from netizens on social media questioning on the morality and legality of the business.


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