Lonely Chinese grandma to hire fake daughter as travel buddy, offers free trip and iPhone 7

I�d like a warm-hearted girl between the ages of 19 and 24 years old to go with me to chat with and take photos, Li Yanling said

Lonely Chinese grandma to hire fake daughter as travel buddy, offers free trip and iPhone 7



China, the fastest-ageing population in human history, has many ageing parents living alone.

Chinese elders made the headline this week after a lonely grandma announced his wish to hire someone to act as her “daughter” on a trip to another city in China.

Li Yanling, an old woman from Zhejiang province in China, posted an advertisement on social media, seeking young woman who is willing to accompany her on a holiday to a tropical island in south China.


Li wrote on WeChat : “I live alone in Zhengzhou… I’d like a warm-hearted girl between the ages of 19 and 24 years old to go with me to chat with and take photos. I’d like to see the sea in Sanya this winter, but just fear the loneliness of traveling solo,” Shanghaiist reported.

Li Yanling,63, offered the person an all-expense paid trip and in addition, an iPhone 7 as a bonus. The grandama said she didn't want to disturb her children since they live away from home. Reports said one of her daughters lives in Canada.

"He has his travel buddies, (and) I don't want to bother my daughter," she said.

[caption id="attachment_336395" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Li's post caught the attention of many netizens and some offered assistance without compensation[/caption]

However, the post caught the attention of many netizens and some offered assistance without compensation.

“I don’t need the phone but can come with you, auntie, and I will pay my own bills, as long as it relieves your loneliness,” one user was quoted by Shanghaiist.

Li didn’t consider the option to travel with a crowded tour group as she wanted the company of a young woman who will serve as a daughter, reports said.

According to UN population estimates, there are a whopping 138 million elderly people  in China, which is greater than the combined elderly populations of Italy, Germany, Japan, France, and the US.

According to the Zhongmin Social Assistance Institute, more than 1,300 elderly people go missing in China every day -- 500,000 per year.