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Shanghai marriage market
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Walk into the famous People's Park in People's Square on Metro Line 2 — the heart of Shanghai City — on any weekend between 12 pm and 5 pm, and you will see something strange — a huge gathering of people which is the bustling Marriage Market. At first glance of this crowd, the author thought it to be some real-estate brokering day event of sorts, but realized this to be more on the lines of a marriage brokering weekly event where desperate parents and grandparents are milling about, looking for a mate for their unmarried offspring. It may sound quite crude, but actually this is traditional and a regular activity for the middle aged and the elderly folks. China Highlights was curious to know more about what exactly goes on there.
Shanghai Marriage Market in People’s Park
Based on ads collected over six weeks, The Paper found that women account for about 70 percent of the entire pool. In terms of age, the report shows that male candidates are generally older than their female counterparts, echoing a analysis by Remin University of China, which suggests that in Chinese marriages, husbands are on average 2. In some depressing yet not surprising news for women, the project also showed that when stating qualifications for potential dates, men overwhelmingly prefer younger women, especially those who were born in the s. In contrast, women like to be with someone their own age. And if you think the people in this marriage market are there out desperation, the report is here to prove you wrong.
The market is crowded with the elders, mostly parents, sometimes even grandparents, aunts or other relatives, who have the anxiety of their unmarried offspring. There are mainly two reasons: According to the figure investigated by some parents, the number of unmarried females is greater than that of male, and the sex ratio is about 1: So, excellent males are pretty popular in the Marriage Market.