According to the Shanghai Youth Daily (via CRI), 10 women have been
scammed selected to make a trip out to Silicon Valley to meet the potential loves of their lives.
Apparently, an online dating website is organizing a tour in partnership with an agency in northern California for wealthy professional women who simply don’t have the time to find a good man here in Shanghai. Scheduled for next month, the tour will match these women with men from the Chinese mainland who, we suspect, also fit the description above (the “not having time” part, not the “wanting to find a good man” part).
Before all you busy, single women dying to take advantage of this special opportunity put away your Redberries and start packing the luggage, there are some criteria you have to meet. You’ve got to prove to trip organizer Bai Lamu, who’s “looking for quality, not quantity,” that you’ve got the goods.
And what exactly are the goods? Only 500,000 RMB cash money in the bank, a good education, a well-paying job, and your own real estate. Oh yes, and the 28,512 RMB fee you’re going to have to pay the service for the trouble of setting all of this up.
Shanghaiist worked in the heart of Silicon Valley for three years after graduation, and we can testify that the heterosexual male to heterosexual female ratio is indeed not exactly in the dudes’ favor. However, last we checked, Shanghai isn’t exactly a town with a dearth of single men. Yes, even men with 500,000 RMB cash money in the bank, a good education, a well-paying job, and their own real estate. This New Zealand Herald article references professor Valerie Hudson of Brigham Young University, who estimates that given the extant disparity in numbers between men and women, China will have 28 million surplus men by the year 2020.
Um, that sure sounds like a lot.
Sure, that projection is still 13 years away, and sure, we’re talking about Shanghai here and not the entire country. Still, Shanghaiist truly wonders: is it THAT hard to find 10 men here who fit the bill? Don’t they stand a better chance of finding Chinese men by staying in China? But hey, if these 10 lucky ladies can’t find
millionaires love in the Valley, Gilroy, home of the annual Garlic Festival, is only an hour’s drive away. Heaven forbid they spent their 25,812 RMB on nothing!
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