Planet China

The power of poultry

China celebrates its version of Valentine’s Day on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month. This year the day in question fell at the end of August, with the usual gifts of chocolates and flowers given by lovebirds. Tencent Entertainment reports that the most unusual show of affection was offered to the anchor of an internet TV show (for more on this occupation, see WiC313). A female college student sent him 520 roast chickens, accompanied by a card stating: “I like you! Eat chicken every day! I’ll graduate when you finish them and marry you!”

News of the unlikely gift went viral online after the anchor posted photos of the chickens spilling out of his fridge and across his apartment. He commented: “I would like to thank the girl for her gift. I am very touched… but 520 chickens – I cannot eat them all.”

Netizen responses generally took the line that it was a stupid present, given that the shelf life of the chickens was 30 days at most. Others wondered at the extravagance and the fact that the girl evidently had more money than sense. A quick estimate by WiC is that she spent about Rmb15,600 ($2,387) on her poultry present.


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