We wandered to another part of the park where parents laid out their child’s ‘resume’ hoping for a marriage connection/partner. A woman yelled at me when I tried to take a picture. Seems it’s bad luck to be photographed.
I understood it puts a pox on the intended. I laid low and managed a non-intrusive video on my iPad mini but I cannot upload it. However, I copied a frame from the video. Note the sheets on the ground.
Interesting nuggets about marriage:
- Either you pay for a matchmaker ($$$ if you have lots—probably not) or your mother struggles along in your best interests with or without your knowledge
- We encountered children in the park, but the majority were boys—yes there were girls—the odds appeared greater than the statistics
- The ratio: 140 boys are born to 100 girls nowadays
- Dating services are now common and do a vigorous business, but many cannot afford them and anyway MOM has your best interests at heart
- Young people pursue good careers and work long hours with lengthy travel times to and from work
- There is no time to date
- More and more young people prefer to find their own mate
- Some young men hold down several jobs and still cannot afford a house or apartment
- Every potential bride wants a house or apartment. As well her family expects a bride price—even in the country—a sort of dowry
- Mismatches between city vs. country/education vs. job level mean less chance of finding a marriageable partner
- Stories abound about established career women. A female with a good job may be willing to stand in as breadwinners if even a younger male would co-operate. After all, her clock is ticking, but without a job of his own, he’ll shy away.
- Rich men spent much time and money choosing the right bride through matchmakers since the ratio of females versus males are so uneven
More tidbits about the people:
- Diabetes and high blood pressure high
- Exercises morning and evening, especially seniors
- China is second highest consumer of sugar after India
- They add sugar to everything
- Different breakfast by area/region
- Average man’s breakfast is in Beijing: steamed dumplings and buns, dim sum, and soup
- Use straw to drink soup
- Mandarin is the main official language
- Written language is the same everyone in China, only the dialects are different
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Next on February 10th: Beijing Part 5 (and more photos)
- Temple of Heaven
- Tiananmen Square
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© 2017 Tess @ How the Cookie Crumbles
FYI: This is a re-blog of the best parts of my trip in 2014.