'Leftover women' in China face tough choices in looking for love
SHANGHAI (REUTERS) - Ms Xu Jiajie has gone on countless blind dates and to numerous match-making events over the past five years in search of a husband.
At 31, the baby-faced office worker from Shanghai is under enormous pressure from family and friends to get married. But the right man is hard to find, she says, a big issue for urban, educated and well-paid Chinese women in a society where the husband's social status is traditionally above the wife's.
"My parents have introduced every bachelor they know," said Ms Xu, who earns double the average wage in Shanghai. "Half of the bachelors I met are quiet and never go out. Outgoing men don't need blind dates."
As couples celebrate the "Qixi" festival on Tuesday, the Chinese equivalent of Valentine's Day, Ms Xu and millions of women like her face stark choices as long-held ideas about matrimonial hierarchy run up against economic and social changes sweeping the world's most populous country.