Every Saturday and Sunday as 1996, Shanghai’s Marriage Market (人民公园相亲角) in the large People’s Square supplies parents (and grandparents) the opportunity to market their unmarried children by submitting their vital statistics including age, heightand educational qualifications and job history.
Irrespective of weather, the union market is kept and can be a favorite outing for many parents and very rarely, for unmarried youngsters also. Posted on umbrellas and walls, hundreds of commercials with private details relevant to the Oriental such as height, age, income, education, Chinese zodiac sign, and if they have a vehicle or an apartment… and sometimes, photographs.
I spent on 2 events in the Marriage Market; along with the natives, trying to find occasional success to be imperceptible; or to turn into a comfortable but unobtrusive sight.
Examining a poster using a glamorous girl hanging out of a grille (it is in the gallery) somewhat too closely, I was almost instantly accosted by an older guy who asked me -in sign language- if I was interested in her. Before I might signify that I wasn’t, he had called out to a local girl who was the mom or was a marriage broker. I fled quite honestly.
I’d read that the speed of success from each of these commercials are extremely law, therefore that I feel the Marriage Market will be primally a normal weekly trip for retired folks, an chance to interact with like-minded traditionalists. . .and yes, possibly a chance -even a slender one- in being capable of match-making.
In the People’s Square Metro channel, there’s a whole corridor that is full of small stores selling wedding gowns, along with other wedding paraphernalia. It must have a link to the Marriage Market, but none of the stores were busy when I was still not there.