THE LIESHI PARK DATING GAME!
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The scene is Lieshi Park, otherwise known as Martyrs Park, and the wind is gently lifting the breeze on the neatly typed up signs that describe someone's fortune, educational background, their promises and being a good person.
This is the 'dating marketplace' at the park, opposite the main lake and the new gleaming, McDonalds. Hardback signs hang from trees as mothers and grand parents drift in between potential parents-in-law as they stroll past the bright trees trying in vein to 'sell' their offspring to anyone who'll take them.
This is the older generation still trying to match-make, push their kids, to find love, security and a lot more wealth. Very few young people were there and those who did glance through the cards were quickly intercepted by the grannies and 'ayi' who weren't shy in pushing their own child's abilities.
Is this a further symptom of an older generation unable to cope with a rapidly changing, modernising Chinese society, in which careers and money-making seem to come ahead of settling down? Or is it a novel, brave initiative to find a solution to the problem of young people not wanting to get hitched too soon?
Either way, it's an odd but fascinating concept and anyone passing by, glancing over, be warned... you may be persuaded into meeting a potential bride or groom!
China remains as perplexing as ever to the casual foreigner and, even more so, Chinese solutions to problems! Find out more about Lieshi Park here