My boyfriend appeared at the right time, and he had the right economic profile," Ji says. But it didn't take long for the marriage to fall apart, and three years later Ji filed for divorce.
Part of the problem, she realized, was how she went about finding a partner.
When she was younger, Ji's requirements for a spouse were focused on practical matters, like income, family background, height, and education. "My parents told me to get married first, and that love can be nurtured later," says Ji.
Marriage based on economic status is normal in China.
“If there is another place in Shanghai where elderly people can gather, we are more than ready to pay twice as much and travel farther." But the new rules have not stopped the tenacious singles from enjoying their day out.
They now reportedly just buy the cheapest item on the menu; a croissant costing 4 yuan (49p).
The primary goal of attending the Shanghai marriage market is for parents to find a suitable partner for their child.
The standards of finding the right match may be based upon (but not limited to) age, In many parents' eyes, parent matchmaking gatherings such as the Shanghai Marriage Market are the only way to uphold a traditional dating style for their children in modern China.“I guess it’s a better way of Match.com,” Dela Cruz said.He viewed the Marriage Market as a way for the older Chinese generation to keep tradition in their children’s love lives while the culture is ever changing.A new report by the Ministry of Civil Affairs shows that the number of divorces in China jumped 8 percent last year, and, for the first time in 10 years, the increase of the divorce rate has outpaced the growth of the marriage rate.In Beijing and Shanghai, almost 40 percent of couples now divorce, a figure approaching those in Western countries.According to a study by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, there will be more than 24 million single Chinese men in 2020.