A Shenzhen woman, surnamed Zhang, never expected her boyfriend to break up with her because her family couldn’t afford a house. Unfortunately, it seems she was out of touch with the materialistic society she lived in.
Said Zhang, “he said education is meaningless, and that his parents won’t allow us to see each other because mine can’t afford a house. So he broke up with me. I feel quite upset about that.”
According to statistics, singles ranging from 22 to 28 years old account for 50.1% of Shenzhen’s population. An investigation conducted by real estate agencies shows that many singles want to have a house before they marry. They also show that owning a car is one of the most important factors, making it even more more difficult for singles to find their other half, Shenzhen Metropolis TV reported.
Miss Liu, a real estate agent event told reporters that she won’t marry her boyfriend unless he buys a house. “Young people like us have some savings. We want to have our own house if we tie the knot.” (Cue Madonna’s “Material Girl.”)
Wang Liufeng a psychological consultant said that love is romantic but real life’s tough. “If a new couple is highly stressed by financial burdens, their marriage will not be happy. Single women should make it clear about what they rely their ‘security’ on. Does the security depend on cars, and houses or on what kind of person he is?”
So yes, love is dead in Shenzhen. At least we can chalk one up for equality in China, as Zhang’s case proves that there is no gender barrier when it comes to being an insufferable “Green Tea Bitch” (绿茶婊, lu cha biao).
By Lucy Liu
[Video and images via Shenzhen Metropolis TV ]