Think Beijing marriage market is bad? In Chengdu, even doctors don’t make the cut

Matchmakers put personality and compatibility above all else when it comes to future husbands and wives for their adult children

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 20 July, 2017, 4:28pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 20 July, 2017, 6:14pm

Household registration and assets aren’t the be-all and end-all for matchmaking parents in Chengdu, many of whom say a good personality and compatibility are more important qualities for their children’s future partners.

That’s according to a report in news portal 163.com on Wednesday, which interviewed parents and their adult children looking for love at an event at People’s Park in the city centre.

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Wang Yueyue, who was looking for a boyfriend, told the news portal she had not seen anyone specifying that a future partner must hold a Chengdu hukou, or household registration, or own a flat. She was surprised by this, since she had previously lived in Beijing, where many parents demanded future partners of their children had both.

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In Chengdu, many of the desirable qualities put down on paper by parents and agents included “good personality” and “good character”.

One mother explained the difference. “It’s easy to get a Chengdu hukou. What I need is someone with similar qualities, who’s a good match with my child,” she was quoted as saying.

Occupation and astrology were also key concerns for the Chengdu matchmakers, according to the report.

Zhang Ai, 24, who was born in the year of the rabbit, was refused by the parents of a potential beau because he was born in the year of the chicken – not a good match according to the Chinese zodiac.

And medical professions might be impressive, but doctors and nurses didn’t make the cut for some parents because they’ll be too busy with work to have time for their family, according to the report.

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Many of the candidates on the market at People’s Park were graduates from top Chinese and overseas universities, and most parents required future husbands and wives to hold degrees.

But Liu Yan, 27, who is a PhD student at Sichuan University and was at the park, was told that future wives with doctorates “aren’t popular”. One woman visiting from nearby Leshan told the news portal that “communication could be a problem” if her son married a woman with a higher level of education than him.