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"It's a really chatty environment, but you can sense the eagerness of these mums and dads by how often quarrels break out in the parents' side of the market," Gu said.
And the People's Park marriage market isn't for the casual love-seeker; it's an atmosphere of transaction, one that these parents have down to a science.According to the latest census data, there are 105 men for every 100 women in the country.By 2020, the Chinese State Population and Family Planning Commission estimates that there will be 30 million men of marrying age that won't have a partner.Decades of a strictly enforced one-child policy and a culture that favors boys over girls has led to a population of far more men in China than woman.Though residents in rural areas were allowed to apply to have a second child if the firstborn was a girl, sex-selective abortions were rampant.It's that discrepancy that accounts for the greater number of postings by parents seeking husbands for their daughters.
But it's also a confusing discrepancy, given China's overall gender imbalance.
But these seniors weren't waiting to take a tai chi class or to make small talk over chess.
They were sweating it out in the midsummer heat with a singular, all-important mission: finding a spouse for their adult offspring.
"I'd try to break the ice and talk about my work, but they haven't the slightest idea who Tommy Hilfiger or Ralph Lauren is."For Dani Zhang, a 32-year-old civil servant, the pressure has come to a tipping point.
"In a fit of rage, my mother has told me that she'd rather see me marry somebody random and have kids," Zhang said.
Parents bring along a single sheet of paper containing vital statistics on their child — age, occupation, education, and property ownership are all musts.