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Matchmaker lines up right catch for seniors

By Liu Ce (China Daily)

08:28, January 11, 2012

Zhou Shuhua, 80, a resident in Shenyang, capital of Northeast China's Liaoning province, is deemed by many, as what reads on the scroll in calligraphy on the wall behind her, "China's No 1 Matchmaker". (China Daily/Wang Qibo)

Service has helped more than 1,000 couples find love in twilight years.

SHENYANG - In a shabby office, a woman with gray hair and wearing red clothes is busy answering phones.

"Your name? How old? And your health? How many relatives are there in your family and which kind of person are you looking for?" Zhou Shuhua asked, recording answers on cards.

Within two hours, she received 17 applications for her matchmaking service - all people above 60 years old.

"Seniors need more care. That's why we are looking for partners for them to make them happy," Zhou said. On the wall hangs a scroll in calligraphy reading "China's No 1 Matchmaker".

Zhou, 80, founded the country's earliest matchmaking service center for seniors.

In 1985, when Zhou was working as a janitor of a community activity center in Shenyang, Liaoning province, she noticed that there were always dozens of older people unwilling to go back home when it closed at 5 pm.

"I can't lock the door if they don't go back home. So I asked them why they didn't leave," she said.

At first she got nothing but stares in return, but through persistence she got the answer she was looking for: "Why go home? My partner is gone."

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