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Shenzhen student finds girlfriends cost RMB9800 per year

Posted: 09/9/2013 7:00 am

A college student in Shenzhen kept accounts over a year that would help him calculate the cost of having a girlfriend. He claimed in late August that it cost 9,800 yuan a year, QQ News reported Saturday.

This revelation has caused quite a stir with netizens as students have to think carefully about how to spend their pocket money during the new school year. The student concluded that, while dating, he could only spend 283 yuan of his 1100 yuan monthly pocket money on himself.

He recorded that of the four most important red letter days in his relationship – birthday, Western Valentine’s Day, qixi, Christmas – he spent 300-900 yuan on presents. He spent 400 yuan on his present for their 1-year anniversary. He and his girlfriend went to the movies twice a month on average, which cost him 700 yuan in one year. He spent 4800 yuan on meals over the year and other activities such as swimming, karaoke and girlfriend’s friends’ birthday parties cost him 3000 yuan.

Other students have pointed out that this student is something of a diaosi, claiming that a romance in Shenzhen should cost at least 12,000 yuan.

Han Jiangxue, identified as an “expert on emotions,” said that if couples don’t take into account the practical aspects of being together, such as the cost of living, then their romance is unlikely to last.

Of course, in calculating and reporting the cost he has revealed the embarrassing fact that he is not the world’s most romantic person. He has also of course revealed that he is a masochist.


Valentine’s Day is only a week away, do you have plans yet?

Posted: 02/7/2012 11:21 am

February is known as the month of love in China, largely because it contains both the traditional western day of love (Valentine’s Day) as well as the “lover’s day” in China, which falls on the 15th day of the Lunar New Year.

The Chinese-celebrated day is already behind us, leaving the big kahuna coming up next week: St. Valentine’s Day.  If you haven’t made plans yet to serenade your loved one in the PRD, the China Hotel (A Marriott Hotel!) in Guangzhou has passed us a few ideas to share with you.  All of the below are specials are for February 14 only.

Valentine's Day at Prime Steakhouse

Prime Steakhouse (8666 6888 ext 3468)

Prime Steakhouse Set Menu for Two

Treat that special someone in your life to a decadent 5-course candle light set dinner for two at Guangzhou’s finest steakhouse. Let the romantic candle lit ambiance set the mood with an evening filled with delectable delicacies, romantic sparkling welcome drink, and a truly unique take away gift for all ladies.

RMB 999 +15% for set dinner for two.

Four Seasons (8666 6888 ext 3123)  

Four Seasons Set Menu for Two

Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Four Seasons, with the epitome of classic Cantonese cuisine. A specially chosen romantic set dinner for two awaits you and your lover on this special evening, including roses and a unique take away gift for all ladies.

RMB 688+15% for set dinner for two.

Café Veranda (8666 6888 ext 3248)

Romantic Dinner Buffet

Red is the international color of love and this year, love is in the air at Café Veranda. Our buffet will be transformed into an all red buffet complete with red candle light, romantic dishes and a lovely red welcome drink for all guests.

RMB 298 +15% per person for dinner buffet.


If you have an event or special to tell us about for Valentine’s Day, send it to admin(at)thenanfang(dot)com.


Don’t get caught without a plan! Some last minute Valentine’s Day ideas

Posted: 02/13/2011 1:44 pm

It’s a day of either love or dread, depending on our own individual situation. And while those singletons among us might feel dread at not having a date, the feeling is magnified if you *do* have a date, but haven’t yet made plans (and if that’s you, you’re cutting it awfully close). For some last minute ideas, we’ve thrown together a list of some of the best special dinners and events in the PRD for Valentine’s Day. You can see a full listing in our Events section.


  • The Q Hotel has a Valentine’s Dinner for 2 for RMB 398/couple. They also have a special if you want to spend a night in the hotel. (Details)
  • The Hyatt Regency has a couple of options: A buffet dinner for RMB 368/person, which includes a glass of sparkling wine and roses for the ladies, or a five-course dinner for RMB 1288. (Details)
  • Angus Too has a dinner for RMB 778 per couple including a rose, gift (no details, sadly), champagne and photo. (Details)
  • Steak + has an RMB 288 set dinner, but also takes on a 10% service charge. (Details)


  • Shangri-La Futian has all kinds of things going on for the Hallmark Holiday, and you can find out what it is here.
  • Ditto for the Ritz-Carleton Shenzhen. (Details)
  • The Terrace in Shekou has a set dinner for two for RMB 298. (Details)
  • Prego has a special Valentine’s Day menu, but hasn’t tipped its hand yet on what’s on it, or the price. (Details)
  • Zentro and Blue at the Crown Plaza Shenzhen both have Valentine’s Day specials. (Details)
  • Mezzo at the Sheraton Shenzhen Hotel promises a romantic evening with a four-course set dinner for RMB 998/person plus service charge. (Details)


  • The China Hotel, A Marriott Hotel has Valentine’s Day specials “starting from” RMB 2520, which includes a night’s stay. (Details)
  • The Westin Hotel has romantic specials planned at two of its restaurants. (Details)
  • Milan 1898 has a Valentine’s Day dinner for two for RMB 898. Details, including the full menu, are here.
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