Planet China

Fertile territory

A newly opened sperm bank has had no problem enticing donors. In fact, the Chongqing Daily reports that the facility is turning men away. Why the enthusiasm? The newspaper says a successful donation will earn Rmb5,000 ($770.96), a princely amount in a city where the average monthly wage is Rmb6,362. As one netizen joked on social media: “At Rmb5,000 a time, I won’t need to work anymore!”

Of course, there is a catch. Only 10 men can donate at the centre per day (hence the need to turn folk away) and applicants must be between 22 and 45, hold a degree, be taller than 165cm and have “normal facial features”. They must also pass a rigorous health test and are then required to make 10 to 12 donations of their semen. Still, there’s a little bit of cash in it even for those who don’t pass the test – the centre has promised to pay Rmb50 to cover travel expenses.

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