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Every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon for years, hundreds of elderly people have flooded into the restaurant to meet friends and potential partners, according to Many are divorcees or people living alone after the death of a partner and the café gave them a chance to meet peers free of charge.
My boyfriend appeared at the right time, and he had the right economic profile," Ji says. But it didn't take long for the marriage to fall apart, and three years later Ji filed for divorce.
Part of the problem, she realized, was how she went about finding a partner.
“If there is another place in Shanghai where elderly people can gather, we are more than ready to pay twice as much and travel farther." But the new rules have not stopped the tenacious singles from enjoying their day out.
They now reportedly just buy the cheapest item on the menu; a croissant costing 4 yuan (49p).