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Parents try hand at finding kids spouses

A matchmaking party marking Valentine's Day became more of a parents' party as hundreds of fathers and mothers handed out their children's information to a neighborhood committee to try their luck.

Few people of prime marriage age appeared at the scene.

Organized by the Nanjing Road East Neighborhood Committee, the party required people who want to find a life partner to register first, and then paste their personal information, including age, height, education background and profession, on paper lanterns hung at People's Park near People's Square. The registration queue was nearly 100 meters long.

Officials with the committee will collect all the information and then do the matchmaking work.

"We of course will receive more women's information than men's, so we'll try to find partners all around the city or even country," said Da Shan, an official with the committee.

Some parents said they had to come for the party because their children were at work.

A father surnamed Huang took with him information of three women.

"One is my daughter, and two are my friends' daughters," he said. "All of them are over 30 years old, but still are single."

Huang said the most annoying thing to him was not that his daughter was still single, but that she didn't care about looking for a husband at all.

Many parents seconded the view.

People's Park has a popular "matchmaking corner" where parents gather to exchange information for their children every weekend. Huang said he's been there many times but laments that most "resources" available are also women.

"I don't see much information of young men here," Huang said. "So it's true that women have more difficulties in finding spouses."

Parents pinned children's information on open umbrellas and stood behind the umbrellas like vendors. When people read the information, they would eagerly ask, "Are you interested? Do you have such a person?"

The city has held several massive matchmaking parties in the last year. All of them showed a lot of demand from women, especially those with high education backgrounds and high incomes.

Meanwhile, yesterday about 2,800 couples tied the knot in the city to mark Valentine's Day. The number is about five times higher than usual, said the Shanghai Civil Affairs Bureau.


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