A growing number of Hong Kong women are seeking out men on the mainland for hubby material, according to Hong Kong-based newspaper Wen Wei Po, with many single women joining ‘blind-date parties’ on the mainland as a way to get hooked up.
People’s Daily Online reports that in 2012, the number of Hong Kong women marrying mainland men hit 6,700, a record-high. The numbers are continuing to grow as single Hong Kong women turn to blind-dating parties on the mainland as a way to find well-educated and well-paid husbands.
Obviously, single Hong Kong women don’t just attend blind-date parties on the mainlandfor fun. They have a positive view of mainland men, considering them well-educated, hardworking, responsible, easy going, and active – all characteristics that have been identifiedas key factors drawing more single Hong Kong women to seek a mainland Mr. Right.
Most of these single women are called “three-high ladies” – with a high degree, highposition, and high income. They show great interest in “high quality” men from themainland as they will have similar tastes, common topics to discuss, and are well-suitedto each other.
The report points out that the number of women looking for mainland husbands is increasing alongside Hong Kong’s population and off-balance gender gap. In 1981, the ratio of women-to-men was at 1000: 1087, whereas in 2012 it was 1000: 869.
In the past, marriages between mainland and Hong Kong couples were less common and plagued with obstacles due to cultural and language differences.
However, due to the mainland’s economic development, more and more cross-border interactions are taking place, helping ease the cultural gap, according to the report.
Age differences are narrowing and obstacles are disappearing; today, couples demand a marriage based on romance and feelings rather than pragmatism. A Miss. Yuan from Hong Kong said at a mainland matchmaking party “My expectation of my partner is that he should have a good personality and I should have good feelings about him.”