Demographic changes, too, are creating complications. Not only are many more Chinese women postponing marriage to pursue careers, but China’s gender gap — 118 boys are born for every 100 girls — has become one of the world’s widest, fueled in large part by the government’s restrictive one-child policy.
By the end of this decade, Chinese researchers estimate, the country will have a surplus of 24 million unmarried men.^-^ “Without traditional family or social networks, many men and women have taken their searches online, where thousands of dating and marriage Web sites have sprung up in an industry that analysts predict will soon surpass 0 million annually.
It is often said – only half-jokingly – that to compete even at the lower reaches of the urban Chinese dating market men must have at least a car and a flat.
Potential boyfriend and girlfriends break off from the group, often in a way orchestrated by other members of the group, and go for walk somewhere.
Clarissa Sebag-Montefiore wrote in The Telegraph, “ China’s spectacular economic growth has, for many, turned dating and marriage into a commercial transaction, and material expectations from marriage have soared.
In the 1980s, couples were still apprehended by discipline police at universities for smooching on campus.
A decade-old law forbidding marriage among university students was only repealed in September 2005.
Some colleges require married students to live apart while they are enrolled.
Most parents don’t want their children to date in high school or the first two years of university. Even so many highschool students and some middle class students have boyfriends and girlfriends.And as a disproportionate few make fortunes, leaving tens of millions of ordinary people behind, many women see marrying a rich man as a short-cut to wealth.^|^ Brook Larmer wrote in the New York Times, “Three decades of combustive economic growth have reshaped the landscape of marriage in China.China’s transition to a market economy has swept away many restrictions in people’s lives.But of all the new freedoms the Chinese enjoy today — making money, owning a house, choosing a career — there is one that has become an unexpected burden: seeking a spouse.“There’s a huge sense of dislocation in China, and young people don’t know where to turn.” [Source: Brook Larmer, New York Times, March 19, 2013 ^-^] “The confusion surrounding marriage in China reflects a country in frenzied transition.