Millions of singles - and their parents - looking for love this Lunar New Year

A couple walk by a snake drum in a Beijing park. Photo: Reuters

Xiong Jian, a 26-year-old communications engineer working in Hunan, thought marriage was a distant prospect until two weeks ago when he received a call from his mother in Wuhan telling him she had found a girl he could meet during this month's Lunar New Year holiday.

Wednesday, 6 February, 2013, 5:43am

Too-shy geeks in Japan mask up for dates

Self-confessed geeks join in a folk dance in Tokyo as part of a new form of match-making aimed at combating their shyness. Photo: AFP

Self-confessed geeks in Japan who might ordinarily be too shy to ask someone on a date are trying a new kind of matchmaking: wearing cartoon character masks.

In a small town north of Tokyo, 15 men and an equal number of women donned plastic masks of Doraemon, Mickey Mouse and other fictional creations to try to find a date on Friday.

25 Nov 2012 - 3:08am

Money can buy love, but you need US$1m to be eligible for elite dating service

Violet Lim, CEO of Lunch Actually

In what appears to be a direct challenge to Paul McCartney, Violet Lim Seow Yan has set out to prove that money can, in fact, buy you love.

31 Aug 2012 - 9:23pm

Millionaires get helping hand in love stakes

It's tough to be a millionaire. With no time to waste and a checklist of potential mates as long as a stretch limo, some high-net-worth individuals are now outsourcing the task of finding love to a professional matchmaker.

1 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Schooling for the lonely hearts club

Who said romance was dead?

China, the world's second-largest economy, has made enormous strides: extraordinary growth, international political clout, not to mention a huge market for black Audis and LV bags. It has also produced about 189 billionaires and almost a million millionaires, creating an enormous pool of eligible bachelors.

18 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Mr Good Enough

Mr Good Enough by Lori Gottlieb Collins, HK$104

9 May 2010 - 12:00am

'Godfather of love' helps rich to mate

Tian Fanjiang, 35, is the chief executive of, one of the biggest matchmaking websites on the mainland with more than 20 million registered members.

21 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

Matrimony 2.0

In times past, arranged marriages involved one family bringing their son or daughter to meet another's. The couple would meet, with a crowd of onlookers scrutinising their facial twitches.

9 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

No Valentine's rush as agency offers date with star later in month

Who hates Valentine's Day? Fret not, I'll swallow the bile and print lots of things about chocolates, flowers and overpriced meals over the next few days.

So off we go on the sweet and sickly carousel.

3 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

Match and sniff

Matchmaking is a gamble. Many of us know how it feels to be on the wrong end of a blind date, repelled by the 'match' and enraged by the 'maker'.

7 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

Matchmaker's free guide to finding love

Retiree Zhao Kunming , 72, and his wife, Xie Yuqin , have offered a free matchmaking service in Shenzhen parks to more than 7,300 singles over the past three years. Mr Zhao explains the secrets to a successful blind date and how he and his wife have helped more than 400 couples tie the knot.

Why did you start a matchmaking service?

24 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

In the next issue of Style ...

We put you in the mood for love with fashion that's inspired by romance. We interview New York's most successful matchmaker and look at some of the more enduring celebrity relationships. We toast the grand dames of French champagne and profile Italian designer Romeo Gigli - the last great romantic of the fashion world.

4 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Mass matchmaking a big hit at Christmas

From religious services to a lingerie show, the mainland will celebrate Christmas in ways both sacred and profane.

Especially in big cities like Shanghai, activities such as giving gifts, going to parties and attending church have become commonplace.

24 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

Matchmaking boss jailed for 13 years

A court in Hainan province has jailed the mastermind of one of the mainland's largest matchmaking scams for 13 years after clients were cheated out of 1.4 million yuan in service fees.

14 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Stylish singles breathe new life into an old business

MATCHMAKING HAS always been a popular but discreet business in Hong Kong. Thanks to the city's busy lifestyles, it is also no longer seen as a romantic outlet purely for the socially inept.

A high number of busy professionals are turning to this age-old industry in the hope of finding true love - and a spouse eventually.

11 Feb 2006 - 12:00am