A recent survey of consumer behaviour in the the housing markets of ten major Chinese cities revealed that the majority of woman believe that you should buy a house before getting married.
The Sharpen Research Institute and Guangzhou Youth Weekly interviewed 5141 people in ten major Chinese cities to determine attitudes towards the state of the Chinese real estate market.
The survey found that 60.4 percent of female respondents wanted a house before marriage, with 19 percent saying that this was an essential prerequisite.
When taking into account both male and female respondents, 54.7% in Shanghai believed it was important to buy a house before marriage. followed by Wuhan (53%), Suzhou (47.5%), Guangzhou (46.9%), Chengdu (45.1%), Beijing (45%), Chongqing (42.3%), Hangzhou (38.7%) and Shenzhen (35.7%).
Respondents from Tianjin were most likely to prioritise house buying over marriage, with 55.6 percent wanting a house prior to tying the knot.
The survey also found that respondents in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen expect house prices in their city to rise in the near future, while those in Tianjin, Wuhan, Chengdu, Chongqing, Suzhou and Hangzhou expect them to drop.
Editors Note: An earlier version of this article reported that 54.7% of women in Shanghai wanted a house before marriage. This has now been corrected.
By Dominic Jackson