Special: Undergoing single, celebrating bachelordom

14:54, November 11, 2009      

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[Celebrating singularity on 11/11]


Celebrating singularity on 11/11


As they say, one is the loneliest number. But for those people who are without a significant other on this Singles' Day, they may be able to take some comfort in knowing they aren't alone in being alone. <more>

A singles celebration

Businesses and florists across the country, including clubs, cafes and website portals, have arranged various activities to attract singles today. <more>

Singles on the rise

Today, singlehood is no longer taboo, especially in big cities, and many people do not equate being single to loneliness and solitude. <more>


Singles get chance to flaunt their status


Singles get chance to flaunt their status

Singles' Day, which falls on November 11, originated on Chinese campuses during the 1990s. The date is earmarked for singles because it comprises four "1s" (11-11), reminding people of the Chinese word for bachelors - "bare branches". Since then, it has often been an occasion for singles to get together and celebrate - and maybe look for a change in status. <more>

[Marriage means happiness?]

Do you know marriage hiders?

While the bachelors are desperately longing for marriage, some married ones start to conceal their marital status as a secret. They are the so-called marriage hiders. <more>

Lightning marriage – a flash in the pan?

At the young age of 21, Liu Yue (not her real name) became a divorcee. She and her then husband Liu Wei were only married for six months after they met on the Internet in October 2003. <more>


Wedding prices higher than love for young Chinese?


Wedding prices higher than love for young Chinese?

When Xu Lin and her groom decided to marry, they got on their bikes and cycled around the hilly streets of the south China city of Chongqing.

Dressed in the traditional wedding dress and morning suit, the pair led a wedding procession of more than 200 people all on bicycles last year. <more>

[Single or marriage, choose your lifestyle]

Wealthy bachelors pay hefty price to find brainy beauties

Money can't buy you love – but in one city in Guangdong Province it can get you an introduction to beautiful, well-educated single women.

Eight high-rolling bachelors in the southern boomtown of Shenzhen, bordering Hong Kong, have each paid 36,800 yuan ($5,390) in the hope of finding a wife in a matchmaking competition, Guangzhou Daily reported Monday.<more>

Training course for "bachelors" and "spinsters" evokes heated discussion

In fact, the "love training class" is more like a practical psychology class. Zhao Yongjiu, a trainer who has passed on "love scriptures" to over 1,000 people, describes himself as a "romance coach." <more>

Playing Beijing's multifaceted dating game: "Sex-less in the city?"

Beijing can be a tough town for singles seeking love and marriage.

Chinese bachelors and bachelorettes often tell me they don't want to "waste time" playing the dating game. Fei Fei, an attractive 27-year-old, says flatly, "I'm not looking for a friend. I'm looking for a boyfriend who will become my husband!" <more>

Young Chinese look for a date with soul mates

After logging in a dozen hours in a typical work day, 32-year-old Wei Ping often drops by the Bailingtan Bar in downtown Beijing in the early evening. <more>

Looking for love in unusual places

Standing on a busy Shanghai road, a 23-year-old man wearing a cardboard box and handing out his phone number was not looking for a job. <more>

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