Getting to know you should have been quick — but the sudden COVID lockdown forced a Chinese woman to stay with her blind date at his house for days in a row.
The 30-year-old woman, identified only by her surname Wang, went to meet her blind date for a home-cooked dinner on Jan. 6 in her hometown of Zhengzhou, a city in central China grappling with the outbreak of the coronavirus.
“I’m getting older now, my family introduced me to 10 matches,” she said in a video on social media.
“The fifth date wanted to show off his culinary skills and invited me to his house for dinner.”
Only when Wang was about to go home after the meal did she discover that the entire neighborhood had gone into a fast shutdown, she said.
China is shutting down communities regularly after Covid infections were discovered in the population.
These sudden shutdowns – along with mass testing and mass quarantines – are part of the country’s rigorous strategy to stem the spread of the coronavirus to quickly eliminate local outbreaks.
Unable to leave, Wang was stuck at her companion’s house for several days. She posted videos of her unexpected co-living experience on social media, showing her on her date cooking for her meals, sweeping the floor and working on his laptop.
The videos quickly went viral, with Wang meeting becoming a trending topic on the Chinese Twitter-like platform Weibo.
Wang had recently returned to Zhengzhou from the southern city of Guangzhou ahead of the Lunar New Year, and had spent a week meeting potential suitors her family had set up for her, she told state news outlet The Paper on Tuesday.
“During quarantine, I feel that aside from being as discreet as a wooden mannequin, everything else about him is very good.
He cooks, cleans the house and works. Although his cooking isn’t very good, he’s still willing to spend some time in the kitchen, I think that’s great,” she told the newspaper.
“I hope the epidemic will end soon.”
In Wang’s videos, her date is seen serving fried meals like tomatoes and scrambled eggs – a popular dish in China.
Wang said in a post on Monday that she hid her original video from her account after it went viral.
“Now I’m still at the guy’s house. He’s a very articulate, honest person who doesn’t talk much. After my video became popular (on Weibo), some friends started calling him – I think it affected his life. That’s why I removed it,” she said.
“Thank you everyone for your concern…I hope the pandemic is over soon and the single girls can find a relationship soon.”
As of Thursday, it is not clear if Wang is still living at her boyfriend’s house.
Zhengzhou, the capital of Henan Province, has reported more than 100 cases of COVID-19 in the ongoing outbreak.
On Tuesday, authorities closed all non-essential businesses, such as beauty salons, banned dining in restaurants, and suspended buses and taxis in high-risk areas.
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