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Rich Kid Buys Girl 8-Foot Tall Costco Teddy Bear, Gets Rejected

Even a costly 8-ft tall Costco teddy bear could not help this rich kid win the love of this girl.

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Even a costly 8-ft tall Costco teddy bear could not help this fu’erdai rich kid win the love of the girl he likes. She rejected the boy, but took the tall bear – which has become a hot item among Chinese exchange students.

An 8-ft (2,4 mt) tall bear has drawn a lot of attention at Hangzhou Normal University on September 25. A rich student drove the enormous teddy bear to campus with his Porsche car on Monday, to show his love to the girl he likes.

Photos of the spectacle were posted on Weibo and on a Hangzhou Normal University WeChat account, where people reported that the girl rejected the young man, but kept the teddy bear.

According to the Weibo account of China Newsweek Magazine, the bear is a hit among Chinese fu’erdai who are studying abroad. “Almost everyone has bought one by now,” Newsweek writes.

Costsco is one of America’s biggest warehouses, with overseas branches in, amongst others, Canada, the United Kingdom, Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan. The 8-feet tall bears have been on sale since 2015.

Currently, there are only three of these Costco teddy bears available in the mainland, according to China Newsweek. But on Taobao, dozens of similar bears are sold for around 800-900 RMB (±$120-$136).

Although many people on WeChat and Weibo found the story funny, there are also many people who say it is just another marketing stunt. Over the past few years, brands or companies often stage a spectacular scene in hopes it will go viral on social media. Sometimes it is to advertise a product, but it could also be about the posters in the background of the scene.

If this indeed concerns a marketing stunt, it is not clear who is behind it. “It must be a Costco campaign,” some say, while others think the scene has been set up by online warehouse TMall.com.

But there are also many netizens who do believe the scene is real: “This is what China’s nouveau riche kids do – flaunt their wealth,” many commented. Others were more concerned with the behavior of the girl: “She rejected the man, but accepted the bear?!”

By Manya Koetse


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Pet Hotels are Booming Business in Beijing

Chinese pet lovers are willing to pay up to 900 RMB (±136$) per night to give their pet a comfortable stay at one of Beijing’s ‘pet hotels’ (宠物酒店).

Qing Yan

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The success of luxurious pet lodging in Beijing has become especially apparent over the past October holiday. Chinese animal lovers are willing to pay up to 900 RMB (±136$) per night to give their pet the time of their lives while they are out of town.

For loving pet owners, before heading out on a holiday, finding a trustworthy pet lodge is often just as important as finding a comfortable hotel for themselves. And nowadays, both should be booked as early as possible during a holiday season.

In Beijing, the booming business of pet lodging was especially noticeable during the Golden Week holiday. Various Chinese media reported that pet hotels in Beijing have become so popular that they were already fully booked a month before the holiday started.

This is also what Zhang Wen, a local pet lodge owner, told Beijing Youth Daily (@北京青年报). He and his colleagues are specialized in tending to every possible need of Beijing’s household pets while their families are taking a holiday.

Some pet hotels now charge as high as 900 RMB (±136$) per day to lodge a pet. The pet lodging business is quickly expanding across Beijing. Some local residents now also improvise lodging facilities in their private homes, asking approximately 30-50 RMB (±5-8$) per day.

With a growing demand for comfortable lodges for family pets, Beijing’s ‘pet hotels’ are increasingly competitive. Some offer private rooms for dogs and assign a member of staff for every pet to look after its diet, sanitation, cleaning, and exercise.

Some pet hotels are even equipped with sporting, beauty, bathing, and water purification facilities, resembling a five-star hotel. Non-traditional pets such as spiders and lizards are also welcome, as long as their owners clarify their routines in advance.

Criticism on luxurious pet hotels

On Weibo, the topic “Luxurious Pet Hotel Charges 900 RMB Per Day” (#豪华宠物酒店900一天#) received some 15 million views this October.

The news, which was first reported by Beijing Youth Daily, stirred discussions on social media. Although many people find the pet hotels cute or funny, there are also many who comment that this kind of extravagance for pets painfully points out the rich-poor divide in China.

“Dogs are living a better life than us humans now,” some said: “I can’t even stay at a hotel that is this expensive.”

One netizen sarcastically commented: “If you can’t afford housing in Beijing, just go and become a pet to someone here.”

Some even find the boom in luxurious pet hotels a worrying trend, saying “this will intensify the social conflicts.”

Besides the extravagant pet spoiling, there are also other reasons why netizens criticize the spread of fancy pet lodging. On social media, questions over epidemic issues are also surfacing.

Some companies that were interviewed by Chinese media failed to show any credentials for providing lodging services and had no in-house veterinary to offer health examinations for the pets taken in; China currently does not have a specific national legal framework nor corresponding regulatory measures for qualified pet lodgings.

By Qing Yan

Edited by Manya Koetse.
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China’s ‘Wedding of the Year’ Is the Talk of the Day on Weibo

This rich second generation “fu’erdai” couple just celebrated China’s wedding of the year in Wenzhou.

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Although many still think of Angelababy and Huang Xiaoming when talking about ‘China’s biggest wedding’, this fu’erdai couple have just celebrated a wedding that is even more extravagant.

See our latest Weivlog on this Wenzhou wedding of the year, which became one of top trending topics on Weibo on October 11, here:

By Manya Koetse

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