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Foreign men not so attractive

FOREIGN men have been losing their attraction as potential husbands for unmarried Chinese women since the global financial crisis started, a survey by a matchmaker Website shows.

The survey, carried out by, used the US banker Lehman Brothers' bankruptcy in September 2008 as a starting point.

Before the crisis, 6,594 women who were married to foreign husbands reported an average score of happiness worth 72. For women aged 25-30 the score was 76 and for women aged 31-40, 68.

After the crisis, the average score dropped to 54 for the 4,377 surveyed, with scores of 63 for the group aged 25-30 and 45 for the group aged 31-40.

The Website did not say how the scores were calculated.

The proportion of women who were willing to marry a foreign man slumped from 42.5 percent to 16.8 percent. And 68 percent now prefer to marry a Chinese man as a first choice, compared with 53 percent before the crisis started, according to the survey.

The change reflects the fact that Chinese women prefer a stable lifestyle, said
Fang Fang, a marriage adviser of

She said Chinese paid more attention to the accumulation of wealth and felt unsafe without savings, while most foreigners did not care that much about saving.


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