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‘You can’t hurry love’ Chinese police tell drunk man pressured by parents to find Lunar New Year bride

Tearful Dongguan worker left too drunk to walk in straight line after parents arrange dates with potential brides at home over annual holiday

PUBLISHED : Monday, 23 January, 2017, 2:50pm
UPDATED : Monday, 23 January, 2017, 5:09pm

Chinese railway police turned marriage counsellors after a tearful 27-year-old man got himself drunk because of the pressure from his parents to find a wife during this year’s Lunar New Year holiday, mainland media reported.

Things grew too much for the man, surnamed Li, who works in Dongguan, Guangdong province, after he heard his parents had already arranged a series of dates with potential brides once he arrived home for the annual national holiday, which starts on Saturday, Guangdong TV’s economic news channel, GDTV, reported.

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A video posted by the TV channel showed Li, who appeared to be drunk and emotional on Friday as he approached the security gate at Dongguan East railway station.

He could not even walk in straight line and was taken to a nearby police office, the report said.

“I let my parents down,” Li was quoted as saying in the report.

“At 27, I had a girlfriend but she left me.”

He had been under pressure from his parents to marry for a long time and so had taken solace in drinking alcohol before boarding the train home, the report said.

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Li was quoted as saying that he was upset his parents had set up dates for him over the holiday because he wanted to find his future wife himself, rather than go through an arranged marriage.

Police were quoted as saying in the TV report: “Don’t be so stressed. You can’t force a marriage to come.”

Li boarded the train home at 11pm that same night after being “comforted” and “given hot water to drink” by the policemen, the report said.

It is very common on the mainland for parents to put pressure on their children to marry – particularly during Lunar New Year, when they return after working away from home for long periods.