Around 400 parents attended a matchmaking event in Shanghai on Friday to seek out mates for their young and single children, unbeknownst to them.
Parents browsed the event to check out potential partners for their sons and daughters and some the more embarrassing mothers and fathers even took to the stage to promote their kids, rattling off prices for a relationship.
Despite parents’ urgency to see their children married off before time renders the women’s wombs shriveled and infertile at the ripe old age of 27, the pressure doesn’t seem to be fazing young Shanghai singles as much as it once did.
Recent surveys have showed that Shanghainese are marrying later in life than in 2012, as the average marriage age for Shanghai women increased to 28.19 years and Shanghai men’s marriage age increased to 30.17.
The rise in average marriage in Shanghai is attributed mainly to high stress, a demanding work setting and probably more women just choosing to find themselves a gay best friend instead.