Gao's website lists the prices for a range of various services: a wakeup call goes for 9 RMB ($1.45) a day (cell phone charges extra). You can rent a boyfriend or girlfriend to accompany you shopping for 40 RMB ($6.42) an hour; going to parties, dinners or just chatting (pay by the day, or by the hour). The cost of renting a drinking partner depends on what you drink, with different rates for wine, beer and liquor. An all-inclusive package goes for 800 RMB ($128) a day. Handshakes, hugs and goodbye kisses on the cheeks or forehead are free of charge.
Gao's rental contracts even include a "no sex clause" for female customers. If the rental boyfriend makes unwelcome advances, the customer is eligible for a refund, and she can call the police if she likes. But if the customer makes an unwanted advance, Gao will not return the money.
And if love blossoms?
"If they both like each other and become real boyfriend and girlfriend," Gao said, "they need to give me a big red envelope full of cash for being their matchmaker."