Women in China still don’t hold up half the sky when it comes to dating, with most saying they want to date men who earn double or triple what they do, a new survey found.More than 54 per cent of women said they preferred the men they date to earn twice what they do, and 30 per cent saying men should earn three times as much, according to the survey by Chinese dating website Zhenai.Chinese online dating services have grown increasingly popular as they draw on traditional Chinese dating values such as material security and marriage-focused relationships, and expand connections beyond the screen with offline events and relationship counseling services.Compatibility expert James Houran, says, “American culture emphasizes individuality whereas Chinese culture places more importance on the community as a collective.The dating site released the data, averaged from 6,289 profiles from its 100 million users, ahead of May 20 – “China’s Valentine’s Day” because the Chinese characters for the date China's Romeo gets his comeuppance after wooing at least 17 ‘Juliets’ at the same time Its findings reflect attitudes of gender imbalance in the country, which still emphasise men as the primary breadwinners in the family, a notion supported by nearly half of the men in the survey.The results take place in a country that is contending with an abnormally high ratio of men to women after decades of a one-child family planning policy.
Meanwhile, the top cities for “arrogant men” were Chongqing, Suzhou and Guangzhou.
The strong emphasis on marriage in Chinese culture was also highlighted by the more than 60 per cent of respondents who said they would break up with their partner if they dated for three years and were not yet married.
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Matchmaking is a long-standing cultural practice in China.
Before 1950, many marriages were arranged by parents who followed the rule of “matching doors and parallel windows,” or 成家立业 -- that is to get married, have children and please their families.