A Trip To Shanghai’s Marriage Market

It’s not uncommon for single men and women to venture online to find love, but in Shanghai, some aging parents have been taking the initiative for their adult children with the “Marriage Market” in the People’s Square. Every weekend, these mothers and fathers (armed with a piece of paper outlining their single child’s assets) meet in a corner of the park to find a suitable match–kind of like what a listing of online dating profiles would look like in person.

The family behind the travel blog, A Year To Think, recently documented their  trip to the park with an eligible bachelor. While the swelling orchestral soundtrack makes the whole Marriage Market seem like an epic voyage of Chinese people searching for true love, the video is still a fun inside look at the matchmaking world. How far will parents go to see their children settle down and marry? Enough to meet strangers in a park.

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