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Singles' Day mirrors diverse values among young Chinese


08:32, November 12, 2012

BEIJING, Nov. 11 (Xinhua) -- Zuo Peng did not want to spend this "strange" day alone.

"All my friends are here. We will have a wonderful time today," said the 26-year-old man in his rented house in Beijing. Zuo invited his close friends for dinner.

"I just do not want to spend this strange day by myself," explained Zuo, who is single.

The strange day he mentioned refers to Singles' Day, which falls on November 11. Singles' Day in China got its name from the four "1"s that make up the date. The digits look like four bare sticks, which sounds similar to the Chinese word "guanggun," or "bachelor."

"I am too busy for Singles' Day," said Xue Yan, who works as an interpreter for a state-owned company in Beijing. Xue, nearly 30 years old, said her parents are anxious for her to marry.

Xue said she sometimes feels very lonely and wants to get married. But she has not found her Mr. Right.

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