They look beautiful and are regarded as white collars having a nice job in offices. Most of them have a good educational background. However, when talking about marriage, they are not as happy as they appear to be. Although entering into their 30s, most of them still remain single.
The number of these women is increasing in society. Parents and relatives worry about their marriage. Under their parents' pressure, they have to attend various kinds of matchmaking activities. Recently, such activities have become a common sight in some parks in Beijing.
A recent study shows that far more women attend such matchmaking activities than men and most of the women in a favorable situation in terms of the hunt for a husband. In spring, the Longtanhu Park in Beijing organized a large matchmaking event for single young men and women. To the organizer's surprise, it turned out that the number of women attending the event far exceeded that of men (the ratio between men and women who signed up for the event was 1:8). At last, the organizer had to cancel the event.
Apart from matchmaking activities in parks, television, newspaper and website also launch programs to help single women. However, the success rate for women to find their ideal husband through media help has been low. The number of single white-collar women keeps increasing. Some people call them "leftover ladies."
Faced with this social phenomenon, sociologists and marriage consultants suggest that these women should find a balance between ideal marriage and reality, and expand their social network. According to these experts, white-collar women should not lower their marriage standards in choosing a husband and they shouldn't lose hope for their marriage, either. The more one's spouse suits to one's ideal marriage in mind, the happier one would feel. So people should try their best to find someone who is very close to their ideal husband or wife in mind, these experts said.
This year, many matchmaking activities will be held during the upcoming May Day holiday. The Ditan Park in Beijing is going to organize a large matchmaking activity in which 10,000 people are expected to participate. How many single women can make their dream come true then? Let's wait and see.
(Chinanews.cn April 28, 2007)