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Gareth is an Australian who has lived in JiangSu, SuZhou (Heaven on Earth) for a few years - he is a keen observer of the Chinese people, Chinese culture and the changes that are occurring in China at break-neck speed. He can often be found on his a nightly 'perch' in front of his bar in the famous Bar Street in Suzhou, talking to the locals in his bad Mandarin, teaching the 'flower-selling girls' English, eating street food and smiling at the local chengguan (neighbourhood police). Gareth also has several other businesses in China around Business and English training. His experiences have been varied and interesting and his years in China have taught him to be wary of promises but excited about prospects, not a bad situation to be in!
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Long Arm of Love    

By Garreth Humphris
2546 Views | 0 Comments | 2/22/2012 4:41:43 PM

One ChengDu policeman wishing to find love!

A small piece of trivia crossed my path the other day, a few pictures from the ChengDu Police micro blog of eligible young policemen that may be suitable for 'shedding single status' this year...true, about 10 steely-eyed young men, 24-29 years old, each carrying automatic weapons or in poses of ’rushing to assist’ kittens out of trees and old ladies to cross the road... in full riot gear. It somehow had me giggling! Yes, I know that in other countries they do posters/calendars of semi-naked sports stars or local firemen going buff for charity with a strategically placed high-pressure nozzle over the nether-regions, but I haven't really seen the idea of photographing young men at work with the expressed objective of ’marrying them off’. What next, introducing 5 single farmers of the week on CCTV 4 between the news and weather report? Or Bachelors of the PLA between the pictures of them firing guns and driving tanks?

From some comments purportedly from the wives of policemen, it would appear that because of their duty to the Motherland, they are a pretty poor lot at doing household chores, looking after children or staying at home - there always seems to be some emergency that needs to have them leaving home to save helpless citizens straight after dinner when the washing up needs to be done! And in the evenings when they should be bathing junior and reading him a bedtime story, they seem to need to be driving around aimlessly in the squad car with 2-3 observers snoozing in the backseat, ready to spring into action if the driver happens, in the most unlikeliest of events, to notice something untoward happening nearby them!

Whoops, maybe the last bit is my observation, not necessarily a policeman’s wife or girlfriend comment!

So, it got me thinking, maybe CLM is missing a calling here and should do some classifications on it’s website... It calls out scammers so maybe it should call out policemen, teachers, millionaires, hopeless romantics, gold diggers, players and maybe a few other keywords... This way I could change my profile to something like “hi, i’m a millionaire teacher (haha, impossible) who is also a hopeless romantic player seeking a traditional golddigger.” At least I’d make it to the top of a few search results!

Then I was thinking maybe this new-fangled Internet thing is not the way to find a girlfriend...maybe CLM should offer the more traditional service - like “hire a concerned parent”. Yes, these people could go to the local park with your picture and information and show it to potential suitors - it is common practise once your child meets the “marrying age” and appears unconcerned with finding a mate - and seems to work in China...I mean, why reinvent gunpowder when the Chinese already did it 5000 years ago?

Of course, I am being stupid...and that can only mean one thing...I am sitting at home on Valentines’s Day alone and grumpy! I did get a couple of ’Happy Valentines Day’ messages from a couple of single male Chinese friends...maybe they also missed the true meaning of Valentine’s Day (or maybe I missed the true meaning of their friendship...hmmm, maybe need to work that one out sooner rather than later!)

I have become a little dismayed in China the last few years - Like most of the consumer-driven Western “special days”, Valentines Day appears to have taken over the young Chinese with a vengeance - special meals, special toys, special flowers, special chocolates, special lingerie...maybe this is one of those misplaced Western values VP Xi was talking about!

Talking about value, judging on the number of roses flying out the doorway of my local florist today, the true value of Valentine’s Day is 50RMB a stem...worth their weight in gold!

I guess, if I really want to “shed my singleness” this year, I'll have to get my act into gear and find a girlfriend before Chinese Valentines’s Day (7th Day of the 7th Lunar Month)...or get my picture on the ChengDu Police microblog website...actually, maybe that isn't a good thing after all!

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