Men at a speed dating event in the city of Dongguan
They are checking out profiles of available women. Age, height and education are listed first. The marriage market is especially tough for men these days. According to official statistics, by the end of this decade there will be 24m ‘left over men’ of marriageable age.
Blue Melody Manor Park on the outskirts of Beijing
A happy bridegroom poses for the camera. The venue is like a bridal theme park where happy couples have their photos taken amongst the fields of Lavender and those who can afford the costs have their ceremony there too. The rising cost of getting married in China is a stumbling block for some as many women want their future husband to have a car, a house and an apartment before they will even consider them, a far cry from the 1950’s when a watch, a bicycle and a radio was the norm.
Marriage MarketZhang Junfei , who works for the Academy of Sciences, is a bachelor from Henan Province. His mother is so worried that he is not married that she has tried to find him a partner at the marriage market in Jade Lake Park in the west of Beijing.
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