Date
22 October 2017
Blind date activity among young people in China. The best matches are in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangdong, according to a survey. Photo: Xinhua
Blind date activity among young people in China. The best matches are in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangdong, according to a survey. Photo: Xinhua

In search of Mr Right and Ms Right in China

Some say French wife. I say Canadian-born Chinese ladies. Many like macho New Yorkers or Londoners but perhaps not short and skinny Japanese men.

We are talking about the dream men and women whom we fancy to spend the rest of our life with (although some may have already been taken while most of us are just dreaming).

But it is not a bad idea to look into more detail on what kind of dream person you like to be with over the Lunar New Year, a festive season when your marital status will be in the spotlight because it is predominantly married couples who give red packets to singles.

A word of caution. This is not for gender-sensitive readers who hate stereotyping people. To that end, I would like to borrow George Clooney’s line “I am like my mother. I stereotype. It is easier.”

Let’s focus on China with a question (also relevant to a Hong Kong lady): Where is your Mr Right?

The short answer: BSG. (Beijing, Shanghai, Guangdong)

Beijing Youth Daily, which runs a series of “blind date maps” based on data from match-making firm Zero Indicator, characterises Beijing men as someone with passion and humanity. Their Guangdong counterparts are described as smart and rich (same traits as those for Hong Kong men, I reckon).

But Shanghai men stand out because they are gentle and they cook for their wives.

It is a mystery why China’s most vibrant and international city still inherits the most traditional male DNA but I suggest readers take a rain check and do it quick.

The three top-tier cities are the favourite regions because their economies have been steadily growing, hence property prices are booming, a prerequisite for ladies who look for a prosperous family.

If you are looking for a self-determined man, do not go to Ningxia in northcentral China because the men there are regarded as mama’s boys. But if you are looking for a considerate man, do not go near Henan province where the men are said to be domineering.

The most admirable woman, according to the survey, is from Sichuan, in case you have not already heard.

The women in Sichuan are considered to be the most beautiful because their skin is white with a touch of red thanks to the warm and comfortable weather.

And they are caring and are also good cooks.

Of course, they are spicy girls because they like really hot food.

Well, that may not suit everyone but at least you know where to find your ideal man or woman.

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EJ Insight writer

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