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Matchmakers struggle to find men for meeting

ORGANIZERS of a matchmaking party for 1,000 singles said yesterday they are agonizing over an uneven gender split in those who want to participate.

The event, set for Saturday and including young men with good jobs at large, state-owned firms, may have less than half the number intended as organizers try to make the number of young women and men even. The event is at a forest park in Fengxian District.

"We have rejected more than 100 girls (to participate), but are trying our best to lure male singles from companies such as Baosteel and Shanghai Urban Construction Group," said Tang Weili, office director with the Shanghai Matchmakers Association, the organizer.

Females were charged 100 yuan (US$16) each to take part. While some heard the men were not charged to encourage attendance, Tang said that is not true, though she said the labor unions cover the fees.

There will be buses at the People's Square and the site of Baosteel to the park on Saturday.

While the event was publicized, few males applied, Tang said. Most of the men came through labor unions.

"It is by no means an easy task to entice male participants," Tang said. She predicted some men may not show up on Saturday if the weather is not good or for other reasons.

The growing number of unmarried, well-educated people, particularly women, has deeply worried their parents. Massive matchmaking events now take place in many Chinese cities.

Tang said unmarried well-educated women with good pay outnumber outstanding single men who can match them. She said in the past five years or so, it has been tough to make an even split of the sexes in matchmaking.


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