A Chinese man named Mei Aicai from Chengde, Hebei Province was able to marry a beautiful 18-year-old Ukranian woman, Daria.
He first met his wife when she was just 16 years old. In Ukraine, women are allowed to marry at just 17 years old. ”She may be young but her views are very mature.
Netizens have expressed envy over the man who came from humble beginnings and ended up living the dream in a foreign country—but it wasn’t an easy life for Mei at first.
Mei wasn’t a good student when he was still in China. It was until his friend told him to come to Ukraine and study there that his life will soon change—but not so soon. ”Before I left the country, I went to Shijiazhuang and learned Russian for a month, but ultimately only learned ‘hello, I want water’. When I got on the plane, I was really nervous, not knowing what would be waiting for me in an unknown country,” Mei Aicai said.
He didn’t realize learning Russian was harder than he thought it would be.
Mei actually didn’t come from a wealthy family. Though many believe that his family was rich because he was able to travel that far, his actual financial status was far from that. “Only after going out in the world did I slowly understand my parents’ hardships.
According to Mei, the cost of education in Ukraine was very similar to China, making it possible for him to study there. “The first year abroad, what I felt most was loneliness and helplessness, and every day I wanted to go [back] home. At that time, I did not have a phone or a computer, so I eagerly waited for the weekends when I could go to the internet cafe to chat with my family”.
Mei later went to an art school, despite now knowing how to draw. He soon began skipping school and would start playing Ping-Pong with friends he met. That was when he learned to speak the language better and gained good friends.
He became very good at Ping-Pong. He represented the academy and won. An athletic teacher regarded him greatly, placed his picture in the school halls, and more and more Ukrainian students and teachers came to him to play ping pong.
Mei met his wife Daria, a willowy blond Ukrainian, then just 16 and 12 years his junior. He soon
quit his job as an animator and chose to start his own business. Their story became controversial when Mei initially set up a “dating” company, wherein Ukrainian women are taught the Chinese way of life before meeting men for dating. Currently, he is running a company engaged in the import/export of equipment and food.
”Some people think I am very successful, but I feel my greatest happiness comes from my family. I come home every day on time to eat with my wife, and afterward, we go for a walk. I feel this kind of life is very happy, and next year we are planning to have our first baby,” Mei Aicai said.