New homes have become increasingly harder to afford for people in China, particularly young men and women. Home prices continued to rise in 2016, albeit at a slower pace than previous years. The problem is amplified in big cities, where the cost of one square meter can be more than triple the average monthly salary of workers.
Reactions were mixed online, especially after Chen’s admission his parents bought him the home that he used to snag his soon-to-be wife.
“A house bought by your parents doesn’t show that YOU are ready for anything,” said one person on China’s Twitter-like service Weibo.
“True love may be not set in a house,” another Weibo user said. “But telling your girlfriend that you have got for her a shelter is better than just lip-service.”
“I’m grateful to my dad for helping me with the house,” Chen said, adding that not being able to afford one’s home is just part of the status quo these days.