Man Buys Girlfriend $99000 Worth of Ocean as Chinese Valentine’s Day Gift

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最近,一位中国妇女来到社交媒体,对她5月20日收到的男朋友的礼物表示惊讶,这是中国三个一年一度的浪漫假期之一。她显然获得了210公顷公海的使用权。这片海域位于山东省沿海,靠近陈牛山岛,之前属于一家养鱼公司,由该女子的男朋友通过网上拍卖获得。据报道,这名姓张的男子花了682662元(约合9.9万美元)买了这件礼物,并把它送给了他的女朋友,作为对5月20日不给她买礼物的补偿。虽然这并不是历史上最浪漫的举动,但它确实给了这位女士一个机会,让她在社交媒体上夸耀自己不同寻常的天赋。

A Chinese woman recently took to social media to express her surprise at the gift she received from her boyfriend of May 20, one of three annual romantic holidays in China. She apparently received the usage rights to 210 hectares of open ocean.

Located off the coast of Shandong province, near Cheniushan Island, the stretch of ocean previously belonged to to a fish farming company and was acquired by the woman’s boyfriend via online auction. The man, surnamed Zhang, reportedly paid 682,662 yuan (around $99,000) for it and offered it to his girlfriend as a way to make amends for not buying her a gift on May 20. While not the most romantic gesture in history, it definitely gave the woman a chance to boast about her unusual gift on social media.

Man Buys Girlfriend $99,000 Worth of Ocean as Chinese Valentine’s Day Gift

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Local media in China’s Shandong province published screenshots from popular social app WeChat that appeared to show the woman telling her friends that her boyfriend had surprised her by buying her “part of the sea” after she complained to him about forgetting about her May 20 gift. She even shared a screenshot of the auction page that shows both the winning bid price as well as a map location and pictures of the ocean area.

While some of the people commenting on the viral social media post seemed amused by the boyfriend’s “romantic” gesture, most expressed disbelief and even labeled the whole thing fake. After all, how could someone just buy usage rights to a piece of ocean? Well, apparently they can.

Beijing-based lawyer Zhang Xinnian told Chinese publication The Paper that Zhang’s bid is legitimate, according to Chinese law.

Man Buys Girlfriend $99,000 Worth of Ocean as Chinese Valentine’s Day Gift

“Property law states that territorial waters belong to the country and cannot be sold or bought. However, the country also protects usage rights that are acquired legally,” the lawyer said.” According to China’s law on sea area use, organizations and individuals can apply for sea usage rights with the marine affairs administrative department.”

Furthermore, people who obtain the rights to such areas can transfer, rent or mortgage them at any point during the lease. It’s not clear what the woman plans to do with her 210 hectares of ocean, and some claim that her boyfriend’s gesture isn’t very practical.

“What’s the point of auctioning usage rights for the sea? Is he bidding for a fish farm because his girlfriend likes seafood?” one Weibo user commented.



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