How does one go about getting into a relationship? Are the OK Cupids and Tinders of the world a tried-and-true method? Do you go to a bar? Or do you wait for it to just fall in your lap?
How about visiting an entire park dedicated to effectively and efficiently meeting your theoretically perfect partner?
“Marriage Market” is a particularly special section of People”s Park in China. It is here where people, especially parents worried about their offspring”s unmarried status, gather to play matchmaker. Interested parties post signs similar to what you might find on a dating website or in the personals section of a newspaper. Below is an example of what would pass as a normal sign in the park:
“Female, born 1981, 1.62 meters tall, bachelor”s degree, project director at a foreign company, monthly salary above RMB 10,000, looking for someone born between 1974 and 1982, bachelor”s degree or above with a sense of responsibility for the family.”
Some of the signs feature photographs of the person matching the blurb, but looks do not seem to be of the utmost importance.
“Marriage Market” in People”s Park.
Parents line the pathway to help their offspring find a spouse.
People can stay there for hours. Some come many times a week.
A look at what some of these signs look like.
Some have pictures attached, but that doesn”t seem to be too important.
As you can see, this place gets rather busy.
Though the market is predominantly filled with parents, some singles come to find love for themselves.
Two parents trying to make a match.
Check out this short documentary on the “Marriage Market.”
While I know the parents mean well, this seems an awful lot like meddling. Oh well, different strokes for different folks, as they say. Who knows? Maybe Americans can learn from this. Hanging out in a park makes for a much better day than sitting in bed swiping through whatever dating app you”re on. Or does it?