In China's Dating Scene, Women Get Pickier

A Shanghai matchmaking event hopes to nudge the birth rate up
A young woman surveys some prospective husbands in Shanghai Photograph by Aly Song/Reuters

Zhang Peijuan, 58, scans the thousands of young men and women gathered in Shanghai Expo Park, looking for an eligible bachelor. “He should have a college degree, be about 1.75 meters tall, and property is a must,” says the retired researcher, who is seeking a husband for her daughter and carries three photos of the 28-year-old in her handbag. “When I see someone I think my daughter may like, I approach him for his contact.”

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