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Marriages made in smaller cities

(China Daily)

09:54, May 03, 2012

Zhao Luchen and her husband Li Zhen celebrate their marriage. Provided to China Daily

A growing number of people are discovering it's too difficult to find the one in major metropolises' seas of people and are fishing in smaller ponds. Zhang Yue reports in Beijing.

Zhao Luchen tied the knot this May Day holiday. "I've spent the past several May Day holidays participating in friends and colleagues' weddings," the 26-year-old from Liaocheng, Shandong province, says.

"It's finally my turn!"

Zhao went on more than 20 blind dates in the first two years after she graduated from university in 2008 at age 22.

None of them worked out.

"My hometown is a very small city," she says.

"Here, if you are not on your way to marriage at age 23, parents are usually very anxious."

Most of her colleagues were married, or at least engaged. This made her nervous.

This is commonplace among young women in many second-tier or smaller cities.

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