A young Chinese woman wed and divorced three men over the course of five months, and for once it’s got nothing to do with the gold-digging, power-seeking stereotype often unfairly put on Chinese girls.
The true gold-diggers in this story are real estate brokers backing the prolific bride. According to the Beijing News, young Chinese women are marrying foreigners to enable them to buy property in the capital, promptly divorcing them soon after.
Following an audit, government investigators discovered that brokerage agencies were actually searching for and employing eligible Chinese natives to marry for property. Why the desperation? Beijing’s real estate prices have skyrocketed as of late, and it’s hard for expats to buy homes in China without having to provide government authorities with excessive amounts of tax receipts. So, this clever “divorce support” arrangement provides some benefit for both sides. Agencies rake in hefty fees while foreigners are able to buy up to two homes easily, with no tax documents needed.
No one knows how long this trend may have been going on. Officials have vowed to start cracking down on these ingenious real estate agencies.
Divorcing for property isn’t limited to foreigners either, couples in Nanjing and Shanghai started divorcing en masse in March to avoid a 20 percent capital gains tax being imposed on married couples selling property.
[By Stephany Zoo // Image for illustrative purposes only, credit: @sheilaz413]