PUBLISHED : Friday, 15 February, 2013, 12:02pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 16 February, 2013, 12:22am

Chinese list flight attendants, farmers undesirable for marriage


Amy Li began her journalism career as a crime news reporter in Queens, New York, in 2004. She joined Reuters in Beijing in 2008 as a multimedia editor. Amy taught journalism at Southwestern University of Finance and Economics in Chengdu before joining SCMP in Hong Kong in 2012. She is now an online news editor for Amy can be reached at, or follow her on Twitter @AmyLiSCMP

While Chinese men dislike marrying flight attendants, Chinese women prefer not to wed farmers, according to a recent poll conducted by a Chinese research organisation. 

While flight attendants, tour guides, and journalists were listed by men as the most undesirable, women preferred not to marry farmers and self-employed men, said a report by China National Radio on Thursday.

“Flight attendants had a bad reputation for being vain,” said an unnamed man.

Journalists and tour guides were regarded unfit for marriage because they seemed occupied with their jobs, according to some poll participants.

Many women polled cited “stability” as a major goal they sought in marriage.

But the Chinese men and women do share one thing in common: neither want to marry people in show business, said the poll.



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