Singles dating man and woman search love
Last month the People’s Daily newspaper warned that “social harmony and stability” could be threatened if millions of rural men were unable to find partners.
But China’s super-rich women are facing problems of their own, said Mr Du, not least finding time to scout for would-be husbands.
Competition for a place at the table will be fierce.
Applicants must have a “minimum standard” of education and be the same age or older than the love-starved millionaires.
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“I believe this is the first time [there has been such a scheme] only tailored for wealthy women,” Mr Du told The Daily Telegraph this week during a visit to Shanghai, one of the cities he is tapping for potential husbands.
Dating is big business in China, a country that is reputedly home to some 180 million single people.
UK-based graduates of “famous [British] universities” had also applied, he said.
“They are very busy, of course, so they don’t have much time to meet the ideal date.
They are always surrounded by business people or customers so they don’t have much of a chance to meet good guys outside their [immediate] circles.” Wealthy women also faced prejudice from men of their own social class, he claimed.
“Men have a much higher success rate [in finding love] and a much broader selection, since they can choose someone from a lower social group,” said Chen, whose family controls a Chengdu property and hotel empire.
“For women, it is almost impossible to choose downwards — their family and friends would not approve and they would face many difficulties.” Mr Du’s hunt for eligible bachelors, a collaboration with Hong Kong-based dating agency Feng Qiu Huang, began on June 18 when he began taking online applications from across China and the world.
“They are not looking for toyboys,” said Mr Du, who is 45 and holds a Master’s degree in Engineering from the University of Minnesota but said he was happily married with two children.