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Parents quiz bachelors over marriage


09:20, April 19, 2013

The majority of bachelors under 40 faced questions about their marriage prospects from parents during the Spring Festival in February, according to a report published by the Beijing Youth League and the Beijing Youth Federation.

The report, conducted by the Shijijiayuan Company, a match-making firm, analyzed 56,013 samples from an online survey.

It focused on a group of bachelors aged 28 to 39.

A Chinese term depicts this group as sheng nan, meaning leftover bachelors.

The report shows that 37 percent of these bachelors have degrees, and 29 percent receive a monthly income of more than 15,000 yuan ($2,500).

The company also conducted a similar survey among women aged from 26 in 2012.

The report shows that 48 percent of single women have degrees, and 36 of them earn more than 15,000 yuan a month.

In China, people of a certain age will be quizzed as to why they are not married.

Traditionally, women married no later than 26 and men before, or when, they hit 30. But times are changing and people in their twenties face greater pressures than before.

Beijing Youth League and Shijijiayuan Company will hold activities for single women and bachelors in May, July, September and November.

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