Like millions in China who leave their hometowns to work in the cities, the 29-year-old car designer leads a bachelor’s life during the week, returning to his wife and toddler in neighbouring Hebei province every weekend.
Liu has been married for more than a decade, and does not want to be unfaithful, but still needs to satisfy his sexual appetites.
“Honestly, it is very easy to just pay a little money to find a woman in China, but I simply cannot bring myself to cheat on my wife, so I have never considered it,” he said with a nervous laugh.
But a blow-up alternative was not an option. “There was no way I would have sex with that kind of cheap inflatable plastic,” he explained.
Instead he forked out 15,800 yuan (HK$20,000), almost a month’s pay, for his more realistic Chinese-made “156”.
“The only way a doll is better than a woman is that it won’t resist, so people can do whatever they want with it,” he added.
...“If a married man refuses to see prostitutes and uses a doll instead, isn’t it admirable?”
...“A doll’s perfection is derived from mathematical calculations, but it will never be more beautiful than a woman because she has a soul, expresses emotions and shows reaction.
“To me it has absolutely nothing that’s better than a real woman, but I can at least try to deceive myself with it,” he said.
'It's better than cheating on my wife': Sex dolls fulfil the needs of China's lonely men