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Two companies behind a Song dynasty-themed tourist attraction in eastern China are giving their thirty-something single women employees extra time off during the Lunar New Year to “go home and date”. In a notice on Monday, Hangzhou Songcheng Performance and Hangzhou Songcheng Tourism Management said unmarried women over 30 in “non-frontline” roles would be granted an extra eight days of “dating leave” on top of the traditional seven-day break. Those workers also had the option to extend the dating leave, the notice said. Single women over 30 are commonly regarded as “leftover women” in China due to long-held conservative beliefs that women who remain unmarried beyond their mid-twenties are less desirable to men.