Seven Chinese women recently made head waves on the internet after purchasing a mansion together, to retire with their friends. And if that isn’t friendship goals, I’m not sure what is.
“[At first] it was just a joke,” the girlfriends say in a video posted on YouTube from media startup Yitiao featuring their brand-new 7,535-square-foot house in the suburbs of Guangzhou, a major city in southeastern China near Hong Kong. “We [said that we] would get together when we were 60 and live the retired life together.”
The women have known each other for over 20 years, and their ages span about ten years. “We were colleagues, and sometimes we are even closer than siblings.”
The home they purchased is three and a half stories and is surrounded by paddy fields. It has tatami mats for group events, a tea room, furniture collected during travel, and a massive dining room table for them to share meals.
During an interview, they explained that they would continue to live their lives with their families until their kids had moved out and grown-up.
Then, at the age of 60, they plan to move into the mansion and spend their 60s in the lap of luxury. And they have also promised that they will learn a useful skill for when they live together, like cooking or vegetable gardening.
“We’ll probably cook together, barbecue in the fields, sing and collect food in the village,” the friends say in the video. “We joke that each of us should practice one skill so that we won’t be lonely and fight with each other 10 years later … Some can cook beautiful food, some know traditional Chinese medicine, some play instruments and some grow vegetables.”