Looking for someone to hang out with: Parents pin details of their children on a clothesline in an attempt to find them a partner
Singletons in China are hung up to dry by their match-making parents, who advertise them on a clothesline to marry them off.
The bizarre dating ritual takes place in People & # 39; s Park in Shanghai, where parents keep an eye on information about their adult sons and daughters in the hope of finding a suitable life partner.
The advertisements contain details such as the age, height, background, occupation and income of their child.
Good on paper: parents in Shanghai prepare laminated advertisements to promote their sons and daughters to potential partners
Young women's stories: Parents looking for the daughter-in-law of their dreams will see a selection of potential spouses
With some of the ads linked to small packages, it seems that some parents find it difficult to maintain the characteristics of their child to just one sheet of A4
The typical requirement of a future groom is that he is a & # 39; responsible man with stable income & # 39; is or someone & # 39; who owns an apartment and a car & # 39 ;.
Women must now be & # 39; friendly, have a permanent job and preferably have a bachelor's degree & # 39 ;.
Enthusiastic parents then scan the dating ads and chat with other parents in an attempt to match their son or daughter with a potential spouse.
Something for the weekend? The match-making parents come together on Saturday and Sunday to study the singletons of the city
High expectations: advertisers generally want women who are & # 39; friendly, have a permanent job and preferably have a bachelor degree & # 39;
When it comes to men, the ideal candidate is a & # 39; responsible man with a stable income & # 39; or someone & # 39; who owns an apartment and a car & # 39;
The options narrow: enthusiastic mothers and fathers think they can help their child find a life partner by talking to like-minded parents
Vital statistics: the advertisements contain thoughtful details, such as the length, the job and the salary of the son or daughter
A parent, Ma Jianhua, 55, who was trying to find his son a wife, told China Daily: “I first came here six months ago after reading about the park's matchmaking activities in the newspaper.
& # 39; Since then I have come here almost every weekend. On days when I can't make it, my wife steps in for me.
& # 39; My son is too busy dating girls, so I'm here for him.
& # 39; Although my son and I have different tastes, I can at least refine a few girls who meet his requirements by talking to the girl's parents. After all, the way and character of a woman are often influenced by their parents.& # 39;
Love letters: the parents don't have much to do, but like a father said: & # 39; it's a good platform & # 39;
Well, it's cheaper than a personal advertisement: the green spaces of the park offer a healthy environment for hunting partners
Ma said his 28-year-old son was looking for a caring girl between 24 and 26 with a bachelor's degree.
He has not been lucky so far, while introducing his son to several girls, but no one has made the cut.
He said: & # 39; I will not give up, as a father I will not feel comfortable if I do not do something for my son.
& # 39; I know very well that there are all kinds of people here, but it is a good platform. You will not find so many candidates anywhere else in the city.
& # 39; By the way, I believe matchmaking works. Some parents I used to see are no longer there. I think they found someone. & # 39;
Strong competition: the number of singletons can be high, but this is an advantage for these parents
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