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China: Parents advertise their single children for marriage at 'Blind Date Corner'01:42

China: Parents advertise their single children for marriage at 'Blind Date Corner'

China, Shanghai
April 25, 2015 at 06:18 GMT +00:00 · Published

Dozens of parents and grandparents were seen milling about, setting up and browsing through advertisements for a life partner for their unmarried offspring at what is commonly called 'Blind Date Corner' or the 'Shanghai Marriage Market' at People's Park, Saturday.

For more than 10 years, the so-called 'Blind Date Corner' has been the largest self-organised marriage market in China. Many single men and women, some of whom have been regular visitors for years, set up their own personal advertisements as well.

The market is also home to dozens of 'marriage agents' or 'fixers' who earn their livings advertising other people's children. One fixer, Wang Zhongneng, explained that he thinks that most girls that are advertised at the market "are well-educated and have a good income" but "are not pretty," with some of the men advertised not managing to find a "a well-paid job" or buy an apartment, rendering it difficult for them to find a spouse in a more conventional manner. Another fixer said that he charges 100 yuan ($16, €15) for an advertisement to stay up at the market for six months.

Saturday mornings are traditionally the peak time of the market. Young singles often then follow up on the personal ads, organising to meet with his/her potential mate later in the weekend under their parents' supervision.

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Dozens of parents and grandparents were seen milling about, setting up and browsing through advertisements for a life partner for their unmarried offspring at what is commonly called 'Blind Date Corner' or the 'Shanghai Marriage Market' at People's Park, Saturday.

For more than 10 years, the so-called 'Blind Date Corner' has been the largest self-organised marriage market in China. Many single men and women, some of whom have been regular visitors for years, set up their own personal advertisements as well.

The market is also home to dozens of 'marriage agents' or 'fixers' who earn their livings advertising other people's children. One fixer, Wang Zhongneng, explained that he thinks that most girls that are advertised at the market "are well-educated and have a good income" but "are not pretty," with some of the men advertised not managing to find a "a well-paid job" or buy an apartment, rendering it difficult for them to find a spouse in a more conventional manner. Another fixer said that he charges 100 yuan ($16, €15) for an advertisement to stay up at the market for six months.

Saturday mornings are traditionally the peak time of the market. Young singles often then follow up on the personal ads, organising to meet with his/her potential mate later in the weekend under their parents' supervision.

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