Dutch man spends 10 days on Chinese airport waiting for "girlfriend"

Changsha airport (Photo: 颐园新居/Wikimedia Commons). (Changsha airport (Photo: 颐园新居/Wikimedia Commons))

Dutch an Alexander Pieter Cirk was hospitalized due to physical exhaustion earlier this week after he spent 10 days on an airport in China waiting for a girl he met online, BBC reports.

The 41-year-old man met the woman, only known as Zhang, on an app about two months ago and immediately hit it off. Late in July he decided that the distance between them is too great and he should go visit. So he hopped on a plane in the Netherlands and flew to the Chinese province of Hunan.

She failed to show up and he ended up spending 10 days waiting at Changsha airport. He was eventually taken to hospital suffering from physical exhaustion, Hunan TV reports.

After hearing the story, Zhang contacted the TV channel to tell her side. "We had advanced our romantic relationship but later he seemed a little callous towards me", Zhang said to the channel. "One day he sent me a photo of air tickets abruptly and I thought it was a joke. He didn't contact me later."

The 26-year-old woman would anyway not have been able to meet Cirk as she was in a different province undergoing cosmetic surgery at the time. According to the Shangaiist, she told reporters that she is still interested in pursuing a relationship with Cirk and hopes to get back in contact with him after her recovery.