Has China exaggerated the “Leftover Women” problem?

| June 13th, 2013

“My uncle tells me I’m the ‘monkey king of leftover women’,” confided Ms. Ma. An attractive technology manager with chunky turquoise jewelry, a pixie haircut, and an American graduate degree, Ms. Ma was chatting with me about dating in one of Shenzhen’s juice bars. “It’s a way of saying that I’m super-extra leftover,” she qualified with a chuckle. The ‘Monkey King’ is a superhuman monk-character in a legendary in Chinese fable, but the expression can also mean the “top” or […]Read more…

China’s "Naked Marriage" prove not all brides demand premarital payout

| May 17th, 2013

Popular Chinese TV series ‘Naked Wedding’ (literally ‘Naked Marriage Era’) explores the rising ‘naked marriage’ trend in China.

Media stories about Chinese marriage trends read like an endless refrain on the subject of materialism. In last few years, reports by NPR, the Telegraph, the National, and the New York Times have focused on the enormous financial transactions that precede the nuptials of China’s younger, materialistic generation and keep its poor men single. Tales of staggering dowries and “bride prices” depict couples […]Read more…

Thousands married on 2013.1.4, a date homophonic as “love you for a lifetime” in Chinese

| January 11th, 2013

From QQ:

Jan 4th, the couples waiting in the Beijing Haidian District marriage registration office

The first working day of 2013, the first summit of registration for marriage has come to Beijing. Journalist learned from Civil Affair Department in Beijing yesterday, that more than 7,000 couples have made appointments to register for marriage on Jan 4th, 2013. And the actual registration number will very likely to be over 10,000.

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Abbot of ancient temple returns to secular life to get married

| June 21st, 2012

sources: huagu |  sina video

Life is precious but love is even more priceless. These words are very romantic when used on ordinary person, however if applied onto the monk abbot then it must be an incredible story.

The abbot, head of thousands-year-old Qiongzhu Temple in Kunming, named Qing Yin could not withstand the temptation of love, gave up years of practice and retried on June 9 in order to return to secular life from the Temple. He was going to get […]Read more…

Calculate how much your wife is worth

| May 28th, 2012

How much is your wife (girlfriend) worth? Recently many Chinese websites and forums had the following viral post, calculating the worth of a woman as a marriage partner base on a series of questions. Some netizens posted scores as high as 9500, but some as low as negative scores, thus crated fights between husbands and wives. Most men found it entertaining and just for fun, but women think marriage is not a product, cannot put a price on it. The […]Read more…

How much does a Chinese wedding cost?

| February 23rd, 2012

Source: MSN

Bride and groom born in 1980s are facing astoundingly high bill for their wedding.

Recently, an investigation report on Chinese marriage in 2011 caused a lively debate in society. In the report, nearly 80 percent of single women considered that a man was not suitable for having a relationship or getting married unless he could earn at least ¥4000 per month.

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Chinese-style forcing marriage is fiercer than a tiger

| February 19th, 2012

From people.cn via sina:

People often tease, in Chinese people’s mind, not getting married is equivalent of “being abnormal”, not having children after marriage is looked as “counter-revolutionary”. (反革命: The term counter-revolutionary in China describes criminal activities including charges such collaborating with foreign forces and inciting revolts against the government.)  Therefore, the Spring Festival, Singles day and Valentine’s Day have become the days these “abnormal” and “counter-revolutionary” go on trial.  Especially those so-called leftover men and leftover women became targets of […]Read more…

Colleges and professions most loved by opposite sex in China

| February 12th, 2012

From life.ce.cn:

[zhenai.com screenshot]

Which university do you wish your other half graduated from? What profession do you want him or her to have? Recently, media in China released rankings of colleges graduated from and professions singles took which are most loved by the opposite sex. This ranking is provided by China’s popular dating site zhenai.com, based on the number of times asked on a date by the opposite sex out of their 35 million members. The most popular men graduated from […]Read more…

Survey says Beijing husbands are whipped, wife mother-in-law relationship worst in Shanghai

| February 10th, 2012

From Sohu:

Chinese New Year has passed. But many people are still immersed in the festive atmosphere. However no matter how lively the festival was, the common discussion topics are always revolving “relationship between the wife and mother in law” or “who has the final say” (in the family). Sohu conducted an online survey “How did you spend your Chinese New Year?” which more than 30,000 netizens’ participated in. Let the numbers show you how people enjoyed the 2012 Chinese New […]Read more…

Renting a girlfriend to celebrate Spring Festival in China becoming popular

| January 27th, 2012

“Don’t talk about relationship, it’s just a deal.” That is not only a dialogue in the new released Hong Kong film Flying Swords of Dragon Gate, but also the description of a recent phenomenon that single men and women rent a girlfriend/boyfriend to go back home with them to celebrate Chinese Spring Festival.

For young bachelors, the seven days Spring Festival means not just the reunion with families, they need to face the pressure driven by relatives to take a girlfriend/boyfriend […]Read more…

Man without money is garbage, marriage is a large transaction

| December 1st, 2011

Recently a viral video broke out on the Internet: In a crowded subway, a woman was angrily cursing at a man, apparently her boyfriend, sitting next to her. The woman speaking in a typical Beijing accent continuously scolded her boyfriend, said “man without money is garbage” and do not dream to marry her without money. Though being verbally abused in public, wearing a hat, boyfriend kept his head down quietly. Girlfriend did not stop cursing, and called the man “useless” […]Read more…

The first gay wedding in Shenzhen

| August 21st, 2011

From Southern Metropolis Daily

"I take him for my wedded mate. I will love, honor, comfort, and cherish him from this day forward, forsaking all others, keeping only unto him for as long as we both shall live." There was a special wedding in a hotel of Luohu district, Shenzhen on August 19. There was no bride, but two bridegrooms: the 25-year-old Mark and 23-year-old An An. This is the first gay wedding made public in Shenzhen. They shared the cake, […]Read more…

School for how to snag a rich husband in China

| July 26th, 2011

From Dushi Women News:

“How much does it cost to snag a rich husband?”

“20,000 to 30,000 yuan.”

“How long does it take?”

“10 to 30 lessons.”

The Moral Education School for Girls (德育女学馆) is hot in Beijing. It teaches girls how to behave properly, how to put on makeup, how to communicate with rich man. Many girls who want to snag a rich man come to take the lessons and find them useful.

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Pregnant woman ends her pregnancy for an adopted child

| July 20th, 2011

From QQ:

Gao Xue is a 31-year-old woman living in a small village in Chong Qing. Now she becomes the center of a heated discussion online. when she decided to give up her own baby and husband for an unrelated baby she found on the street. She had an abortion when she is 5 months pregnant in order to concentrate on bringing up the adopted baby.

On a cold windy night on 2007 November, Gao Xue and her husband was on […]Read more…