Looking for someone to hang out with: Parents peg details of their children on a washing line in bid to find them a partner
Looking for someone to hang out with: Parents pin their kids’ details to a clothesline to find them a mate
Singletons in China are hung out to dry by their matchmaking parents, who advertise details about them on a clothesline in an attempt to marry them off.
The bizarre dating ritual takes place in People’s Park in Shanghai, where parents gather information about their adult sons and daughters in hopes of finding a suitable life partner for them.
The ads include details such as their child’s age, height, education, occupation, and income.
Good on paper: Shanghai parents create laminated ads to promote their sons and daughters to potential partners
Stories from young women: Parents looking for the daughter-in-law of their dreams will be presented with a selection of potential husbands
With some advertisements on small packs, it seems that some parents find it difficult to keep their child’s grades on one sheet of A4
The typical requirement of a groom-to-be is that he be a “responsible man with a stable income” or someone “who owns an apartment and a car.”
Women are expected to be “friendly, have a stable job and preferably have a bachelor’s degree.”
The eager parents then scan the dating ads and chat with other parents in an attempt to match their son or daughter with a potential partner.
Something for the weekend? The matchmaking parents meet on Saturday and Sunday to explore the city’s singletons
High expectations: The advertisers generally want women who are ‘nice, have a stable job and preferably have a bachelor’s degree’
When it comes to spouses, the ideal candidate is a “responsible man with a stable income” or someone “who owns an apartment and a car”
Narrowing down the options: Enthusiastic moms and dads think they can help their child find a life partner by chatting with like-minded parents
Vital stats: The ads include thoughtful details like son or daughter height, job… and salary
A parent, Ma Jianhua, 55, who was trying to find a wife for his son, told China Daily: “I first came here six months ago after reading in the paper about the park’s matchmaking activities.
‘I’ve been coming here almost every weekend ever since. On days when I can’t, my wife jumps in for me.
“My son is too busy dating girls, so I’m here on his behalf.
“Although my son and I have different tastes, I can at least narrow down some girls who fit his requirements by talking to the girl’s parents. After all, a woman’s manner and character are often influenced by their parents.†
Love letters: the parents don’t have much to go on, but as one dad put it, ‘it’s a good platform’
Well, it’s cheaper than a personal advertisement: the green spaces of the park provide a healthy environment for partner hunting
Ma said his 28-year-old son was looking for a caring girl between the ages of 24 and 26 with a bachelor’s degree.
He has not had any luck thus far as he has introduced his son to several girls but none have made it.
He said, ‘I won’t give up, as a father, I won’t feel comfortable doing anything for my son.
‘I know very well that there are all kinds of people here, but it is a good platform. Nowhere else in the city will you find so many candidates.
‘Moreover, I believe that matchmaking works. Some of the parents I used to see are no more. I think they must have found someone.’
Fierce competition: The number of loners may be high, but this is an advantage for these parents