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These days people take to the Internet about anything -- especially when it is a case of feeling lonely.
And that is exactly what this mum in China did, she decided to share her story on the Internet -- in hopes ot cope with the loneliness.
A 63-year-old retired woman in Zhengzhou, Central China's Henan province made headlines for two days straight after she posted an advertisement on her WeChat page, looking for a young female companion for a short holiday to Sanya, China's Southern Hainan island, reported The China Daily.
In the ad, the Chinese lady who goes by the surname Li, mentioned that she was in good health and was looking forward to a sea trip in winter.
"I have a daughter who works outside, and I don't want to disturb her. But I dread travelling alone, so I am looking for a sweet, happy young woman, preferably aged between 19 and 25 to travel with me. Hope she could chat with me, take photos with me."
At the end of the ad, Li extended her sincerity by saying she would cover all the expenses of the trip, including accommodation and air tickets, plus an iPhone 7 as a bonus gift.
Li told Dehe Daily that she did not expect her advertisement to receive so much attention. "My phone keeps buzzing all the time."
However, there are some who question the authenticity of Li's ad, thinking that it might be a marketing ploy by the many travel agencies around -- trying to boost Sanya's tourism.
But Li refuted the speculations and said all she wants is just to find a sweet "daughter".
According to the Dahe report, dama Li's husband, who is still working as a senior engineer, rarely has time to travel with her, and their only daughter has emigrated to Canada.
"If there was a companion on the trip, she could help me take a lot of photos," Li said.
As a reward, Li said she already bought an iPhone 7 and she will take good care of the "daughter".
While some were encouraging of the Li's idea, she did receive a fair share mockeries by netizens online too.
Said one user:
""What a lonely rich woman. Here is my phone number XXX, mum."
Another use who claimed to meet all the requirements of the ad said:
"I could also bring my boyfriend. Wouldn't it be better to travel with a whole family?"
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