A man carries cash in the border district between Vietnam's Ha Giang province and China. Many single Chinese men are turning to buying brides from poor Mekong countries like Vietnam. Photo: AFP A man carries cash in the border district between Vietnam's Ha Giang province and China. Many single Chinese men are turning to buying brides from poor Mekong countries like Vietnam. Photo: AFP
A man carries cash in the border district between Vietnam's Ha Giang province and China. Many single Chinese men are turning to buying brides from poor Mekong countries like Vietnam. Photo: AFP
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China’s lonely bachelors spend thousands with Mekong bride matchmakers to save face and buy time

  • Single Chinese men are known as ‘bare branches’, a pejorative term in a country where pressure to marry and extend the family tree is sharp
  • A massive gender gap has led many men to spend thousands on buying brides from poor Mekong countries such as Cambodia and Laos

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A man carries cash in the border district between Vietnam's Ha Giang province and China. Many single Chinese men are turning to buying brides from poor Mekong countries like Vietnam. Photo: AFP A man carries cash in the border district between Vietnam's Ha Giang province and China. Many single Chinese men are turning to buying brides from poor Mekong countries like Vietnam. Photo: AFP
A man carries cash in the border district between Vietnam's Ha Giang province and China. Many single Chinese men are turning to buying brides from poor Mekong countries like Vietnam. Photo: AFP
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