A Dutch man who flew to China to meet a woman he met online has
had to be treated in hospital with exhaustion after waiting at the
airport for 10 days.
Alexander Peter Cirk, 41, refused to leave Changsha HuanghuaÂ InternationalÂ airport in Hunan after his online girlfriend, known as Zhang, failed to turn up.
Mr Cirk was eventually taken to the hospital suffering from physical exhaustion, according to Hunan TV.
HeÂ told the channel he had met Ms
ZhangÂ throughÂ a messaging app two months
before and that they had planned for him to visit her.
Ms Zhang, 26, reportedly got in touch with the TV channel the day after to report her side of the story, explaining she â€œthought it was a jokeâ€.
She told Hunan TV:Â â€œWe had advanced our romantic relationship but later he seemed a little callous towards me.
â€œOne day he sent me a photo of air tickets abruptly and I thought it was a joke. He didnâ€™t contact me later.â€
Ms Zhang added that she had been away having plastic surgery
with her phone turned off while Mr Cirk was waiting at the
Mr CirkÂ reportedly flew back to the Netherlands shortly after being treated in hospital.
Despite the failed first meetingÂ Ms Zhang is said to be hoping to continue their online relationship.