It seems that owning three apartments in Nanjing, Ivy League qualifications, a job as a professor and other impressive assets will not necessarily guarantee you a wife in China.
At least this is the case for a man who ran a half-page dating advertisement on Jiangsu’s Yangtse Evening Post on Tuesday. The ad in China’s most circulated evening newspaper cost over 100,000 yuan.
In the half Chinese-half English ad, the man said he came from Zhejiang, was 44 and a professor at Nanjing University - one of China’s top colleges located in Jiangsu province. He said he held a doctorate from an Ivy League college and had spent 13 years living in America before 2009.
He also claimed to own three apartments and two underground parking spaces, which are regarded as precious possessions in China. He also said he had considerable experience and interests and was well travelled.
On what kind of woman he would like, the man did not express too many requirements for his ideal woman. A “medium maintenance woman” in her 30s who is mature enough to be a wife, a mother would be enough, he said. He added that he did not care much about her height, intelligence or monthly income.
The advertisement posted on a microblogging website Sina Weibo has generated more than a 1,000 comments and was reposted more than 5,000 times within six hours. But not everyone was impressed with it.
“It looks more like a resume than a dating advertisement,” one comment read.
Another said: “He seems a combination of Sheldon and Howard,” referring to characters in US comedy The Big Bang.
One blogger said: “Everything he said was great, but it just seemed too good to be true.”
Some other internet users disliked his writing style.
“I must say I hate the way he writes Chinese and English in one sentence,” one said.
Another added: “After reading through the entire post, I can see why he couldn’t find a wife.”