||Shanghainese woman Xiao Qing had an eventful day last Saturday. She listened to music in the morning, did some housework and went to gym in the afternoon. Most notably she attended a six-person matchmaking party, composed of three men and women, in the evening.|
||Matchmaking parties like these are becoming popular in Shanghai, Jiefang Daily reported on December 28. According to a party organizer, six is the ideal number of people as the strangers can dine, drink and talk together without too much embarrassment.|
||Parties such as these are especially beneficial for those who don’t have many social activities to find their lovers. Xiao Lin who used to spend much of his time staying at home has become an ardent supporter of the party. He dated five other people through a friend-making website. At the party he and five others chatted merrily at a chain store of Kentucky Fried Chicken, before going to a Karaoke bar.|
||According to the white collar man, he expected to find love when joining the parties.|
||Zhuo Fang also appreciates the six-person party concept. “It seems unlikely to find someone you love in bars, and I dislike dating someone formally with an aim to become lovers. The party of six people is my style.” According to Zhuo, people often exchange contact details after the chatting. “Some romance probably happens in such cases,” she said.|
So far, over 1,000 people have participated in the six-person dinners organized by a friend-making website. The party organizers said the dinners create opportunities for white collar individuals to make more friends. They also warned that as all the participants are strangers, people should choose to meet in public places like restaurants or tea houses.
(China.org.cn translated by Wu Jin)