Li has precisely eight minutes to check out each potential mate, and is optimistic that, by the end of the four-hour exercise, he will walk away with one.“When my grandmother passed away last year, I failed to fulfil her dying wish of bringing a girlfriend home,” says Li.
So now that his maternal grandmother is in her nineties, he is making a more serious effort.
Likewise, 36-year-old engineer Yu, who does not want to reveal his full name, says family pressure to get married is so intense that returning home for the upcoming holidays is a difficult proposition.
"One applicant is studying building technology and is constructing a solar system on the campus with her project group in the course of this. The majority of the 21 to 25 year–old students who made use of the short time to talk to the company representatives studied electrical engineering.Across town, 60-year-old Chiu Ngat has been visiting Shenzhen’s Lianhuashan Park every day for the past 15 months to inspect hundreds of dating profiles hanging on fences, browsing for a potential son-in-law.“I know there are online platforms,” says Chiu, “but it is more reliable when you have actually met their parents”.Like Chiu, many parents have similar worries over the relationship status of their children.Desperate times calls for desperate measures, however, and many single people are willing to pay such sums to find love.Aside from matchmaking, these sites also offer online classes in which so-called professionals coach people on social and flirting skills.Most apps earn revenue by charging a monthly rate or an application fee.