China: Women outnumber men at matchmaking event
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Last Updated: Sunday, November 06, 2011, 18:49
Beijing: As many as 10,000 singletons are expected to converge at Shanghai's largest ever matchmaking party next week, but a greater number of single women will have to fight it out for lesser number of eligible bachelors.

The hugely popular event will be held at Thames Town next weekend and organisers said they had to stop taking bookings at a point to prevent any chaos.

However, the organisers who had expected an even split between men and women, had to settle for five women for every four men.

Some attributed the situation to the rising number of single women even as concerns over sex ratio, skewed towards men, have been growing.

According to last year's census, Shanghai alone has more than five lakh single women aged between 20 and 50 years, which was an increase from fewer than one lakh in early 1990s.

Statistics showed the number of single women had gone up more than the number of single men in the last decade.

Unmarried women account for near 20 percent of the total female population - up 2.2 percentage points from 2000, while for men the figure is 23.6 percent, up one per cent.

Organisers say the event is badly needed in Shanghai as people of prime marriage age - especially women with high education backgrounds and good incomes have trouble finding partners.

They said such women want to find men with similar backgrounds, narrowing their options.

In addition to the 10,000 men and women looking for love, 4,000 parents will also be present to chaperone them.

"I won't place all my hopes on one matchmaking party, but I won't let any opportunity for my daughter go," Yuan Jian, mother of a 27-year-old woman told Shanghai Daily.

It is in many ways a contrasting problem for Chinese officials as the trend beats growing concerns over sex ratio.

According to census figures of 2010, there were 118 males for every 100 females, with estimates stating that several million men may have to either remain bachelors or look for brides from outside China.

In fact, another trend showed a number of Chinese men were going for Vietnamese women.


First Published: Sunday, November 06, 2011, 18:49

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