It is one lesson about love in China that one Dutchman had to learn the hard way.
When 41-year-old Alexander Pieter Cirk met a 26-year-old Chinese woman by the name of Zhang online, he thought he had fallen in love. So much so that after two months of meeting virtually, he decided to fly more than 5,000 miles from Holland all the way to Changsha, China. Perhaps he thought he would soon be living in his own fairy tale. Instead, he found himself heartbroken and sick.
Cirk made his way to Huanghua International Airport in China’s Hunan province on July 22. He was almost positive he would see Zhang, a woman he only knows by her last name. When no one showed up at the airport to meet him, Cirk decided that his best option was to stay put.
According to a report from Mail Online, Cirk refused to leave the airport and ended up sleeping in the premises for ten straight nights. As this went on, the Dutchman found himself suffering from health problems due to his severe case of diabetes. He was even said to have passed out from time to time. His condition soon put an end to his airport stay when emergency services rushed him to the hospital for treatment.
Eventually, Zhang contacted Chinese media and informed them that while Cirk was waiting for her to show up at the airport, she was actually getting plastic surgery. Zhang said that she had turned her phone off.
Asked about Cirk, Zhang told a local news network, “We had advanced our romantic relationship but later he seemed a little callous towards me.” She also admitted that Cirk sent her a photo of his air travel tickets, but she thought it was a joke.
Since he was admitted to the hospital, Zhang said she had finally spoken with Cirk over the phone. When asked if she would visit him, Zhang said it would “inconvenient” for her to make her way to Changsa to check on him personally.
With the news circulating on Weibo, a Chinese social media platform, several people commented on the story. According to BBC, one remarked, “Doesn’t he know everything in China is fake?”
Hollandalı Cirk internette tanıştığı Zhang'ı görmek için gittiği Çin'de havaalanında 10 gün bekleyip hasta oldu. pic.twitter.com/wxJ581RIVF
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