man has impressed Chinese netizens with his level of deceit and dedication, managing to juggle three different wives and families at the same time by settling them all down in close proximity to one another.
The 36-year-old man, surnamed Zhang, was able to get hitched three times in a period of three years (2015-2017) to three different women by exploiting a loophole in the system, marrying each time in a different province.
Originally from Henan’s Luoyang city, Zhang owns his own real estate company in the Jiangsu city of Kunshan, located right between Shanghai and Suzhou. For convenience’s sake, he decided to get apartments there for each of his wives. The apartments were all within a 1-kilometer radius.
Zhang fathered at least one child with each one of his wives and managed to support all three families through his booming real estate business. Meanwhile, he was able to explain his frequent absences at home by claiming that he was going on business trips. In the space of a week, he would make well more than a dozen trips back and forth between households.
Despite his duplicity, Zhang’s second and third wives told reporters that he was actually a good husband. Zhang’s second wife described him as being “caring and considerate,” noting that he would always wash the dishes after dinner.
However, that didn’t stop her from reporting Zhang to the police after his secret was uncovered last year. Zhang has now been charged with polygamy, an offense that could land him in jail for two years. He claims to have not known multiple marriages at the same time to be a crime.
Only Zhang’s first marriage is actually legal, however, his first wife has now divorced him. It remains unclear if he will be able to salvage things with either of his two other “wives.” “After I get out, I will see who can forgive me and I will be with her,” he told reporters about his future marriage prospects.