Shanghai speed dating


20-Dec-2018 02:59

Millions of Chinese are heading home this week for the Lunar New Year holiday, a time that should be among the happiest for people across the country; however, for those who remain single, parental expectations can make it a stressful one.The West will be celebrating Valentine’s Day on Wednesday with flowers and chocolate, but love and dating is a far more serious business – in every sense of the word – in China.With only a short time left before the holidays, there is no time to waste.Li Jian, a 29-year-old bank manager, was among the 32 single men and women gathered at a nondescript cafe in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen for a recent speed-dating event hosted by a local company called Little Dates.Li has precisely eight minutes to check out each potential mate, and is optimistic that, by the end of the four-hour exercise, he will walk away with one.“When my grandmother passed away last year, I failed to fulfil her dying wish of bringing a girlfriend home,” says Li.So now that his maternal grandmother is in her nineties, he is making a more serious effort.Likewise, 36-year-old engineer Yu, who does not want to reveal his full name, says family pressure to get married is so intense that returning home for the upcoming holidays is a difficult proposition.The search for a perfect match is not limited to single people.

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And single people, under heavy social pressure to marry, have little time to waste before settling down.

Matchmaking sites and apps – many of which are accessible through We Chat, China’s most popular social media website – recruit users by promising to seal the deal, and quickly, showcasing examples of success stories.