Ah, spring in Beijing. A sea of children, runners, and the like in the park. And an overabundance of elderly, each clutching a piece of paper of vital stats, approaching one another with hopeful expectations. This is the scene the Asia Times recently reported as they investigated the growing marriage mart trend, a collection of senior citizens who gather in the park, hoping to find matches for their grown, single children.
From the piece:
"'Boy - 28 yrs, has own apartment in Fuxing district, no mortgage, Communist Party member,' advertises the piece of paper offered up by one bespectacled father."
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"'Rat preferred.'" one of the posters announces somewhat bafflingly to the uninitiated. What is being asked for is however, not a long-tailed, sharp-clawed rodent but a groom born in the "year of the rat" according to the Chinese zodiac."
But things don't always go smoothly, as the piece reports:
"The parents had seen a photograph of the girl and told Lance that she looked like a super model. 'But in fact when I met her she was the exact opposite of a model. She was rather large and very below-average looking,' he says. It transpired that the girl's parents were in the habit of showing off someone else's photo to lure in prospective matches."
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Let's hope that doesn't happen too often. Imagine how the poor girl must feel???
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