By Michael Evans
Chinese singles may have good reason to fear getting married, as the country’s divorce rate rose for the seventh straight year in 2012, according to a survey by Tsinghua University and the CPC’s Xiaokang magazine.
The number of divorces went up 7.65 percent from 2011, when a total of 2.87 million couples split up. One possible reason? Only 58 percent of those polled said that they were sure they would not cheat on their spouses if they met another person they were attracted to.
Nearly 80 percent of respondents said that they would choose the same spouse if they were given a chance to choose again. People who have been married for less than three years are the happiest, and people who have been married for seven to 10 years are least happy.
China’s divorce rate is 2.29 percent nationwide, but jumps dramatically higher in major cities. Beijing has the highest divorce rate in the country at 39 percent, closely followed by Shanghai at 38 percent and Shenzhen at 36 percent. In comparison, 34 and 35 percent of marriages end in divorce in Hong Kong and Taipei, respectively.