Chinese woman stuck in blind date’s house by Covid lockdown

The 30-year-old woman, identified only by her surname Wang, went to meet her blind date for a home-cooked dinner on Jan. 6 in her hometown of Zhengzhou, a city in central China grappling with the outbreak of the coronavirus.

“I’m getting older now, my family has introduced me to 10 matches,” she said in a video on social media. “The fifth date wanted to show off his culinary skills and invited me to his house for dinner.”

When Wang was about to go home after the meal, she discovered the entire neighborhood had gone into a fast shutdown, she said.

China is shutting down communities regularly after Covid infections were discovered in the population. These sudden closures – along with mass testing and mass quarantines – are part of the country’s tough strategy aimed at quickly stamping out the outbreak.

Unable to leave, Wang was stuck at her companion’s house for several days. She posted videos of her unexpected co-living experience on social media, showing her on her date cooking for her meals, sweeping the floor and working on his laptop. The videos quickly went viral, with Wang meeting becoming a hot topic on Weibo, China’s Twitter-like platform.

Wang had recently returned to Zhengzhou from the southern city of Guangzhou ahead of the Lunar New Year, and had spent a week meeting potential suitors her family had set up for her, she told state news outlet The Paper on Tuesday.

“During quarantine, I feel that aside from being discreet like a wooden mannequin, everything else about him is very good. He cooks, cleans the house and works. Although his cooking is not very good, he is still willing to spend time in the kitchen , I think that’s cool,” she told the newspaper.

In Wang’s videos, her date is seen serving fried meals like tomatoes and scrambled eggs – a popular dish in China.

Wang said in a post on Monday that she hid her original video from her account after it went viral. “Currently, I’m still at the guy’s house. He’s a rather articulate, honest person who doesn’t talk much. After my video became popular (on Weibo), some friends started calling him – I think it affected his life,” she said. That’s why I removed it “.

“Thank you everyone for your concern…I hope the pandemic is over soon and single girls can find a relationship soon.”

As of Thursday, it is not clear if Wang is still living at her boyfriend’s house.

Zhengzhou, the capital of Henan province, has reported more than 100 cases of Covid-19 in its ongoing outbreak. On Tuesday, authorities closed all non-essential businesses, such as beauty salons, banned dining in restaurants, and suspended buses and taxis in high-risk areas.

CNN’s Beijing bureau contributed to this report.


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