Parents hunt for children's future mates on Sundays in the park.
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."
"'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."
Let's hope that doesn't happen too often. Imagine how the poor girl must feel???
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