Many Chinese men may face difficulties in finding a wife, but sex dolls may be the answer. Photo: iStock

At the Shishan industrial zone in Zhongshan, a five-story factory is almost hidden in the green district, but its products are sought after in sex shops around the world. WM Doll is a leading Chinese manufacturer of sex dolls with a monthly production of between 1,500 and 2,000 dolls, 80% of which are exported.

Owner and general manager Liu Jiangxia told the Apple Daily that she started a business with her husband making mannequins 10 years ago until a customer suggested they start making sex dolls.

The factory now provides 260 different faces along with 11 body shapes with prices ranging from 6,000 yuan and 12,000 yuan (US$889 to US$1,779). Their latest product is a sex doll with a body temperature of 37 degrees and it makes sounds that men say can be confusing.

Sex dolls are a hip product in China, thanks to the gender imbalance.

According to the Peoples’ Daily, it was estimated that the number of single men of marriageable age between 35 and 59 who faced difficulties finding a wife would amount to 15 million by 2020. That figure will double to 30 million by 2050.

A Chinese sociologist and famous feminist Li Yinhe told Yitiao, a mainland lifestyle portal, that sex dolls might be a social solution. “Single men in China can never find wives,” she said. “It is quite a solution if a sex robot or virtual sex can solve part of the problem.”

She boldly predicted that sex dolls would account for half of the sex in the world by 2050 and by then the dolls would be considered consumer goods.

“They can do housework, talk and have sex. All this for a bit more than 20,000 yuan. Therefore, I think buying a sex doll will become as common as buying an electrical appliance,” she said.

She said the sex dolls were not only a new innovation in the artificial intelligence era, but also the cleanest and safest sex in the AIDS-dominated era.

Chinese “leftover men” have been a social issue in the country for many years as they failed to move to urban areas under a knowledge-based society. As they stayed and worked in rural areas, they found it difficult to marry women willing to move away from the cities. These men usually seek to “buy brides” from other countries such as Vietnam and Cambodia through human trafficking groups.

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