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The gender gap is a big
problem in the Middle Kingdom – and its ‘leftover men’ are going to great lengths to find a wife.
In China, there is a name for unmarried men over 30.
Shengnan, meaning
leftover men have yet to find a wife – and in
a country with a growing gender gap, thats a big problem.
By 2020, its estimated
there will be 30 million
more men than women
looking for a partner China has many millions
more men than women, a hangover of
the country one-child
policy, which was overturned in 2015, though its effects will last decades more.
The gender imbalance is
making it hard for many men to find a partner – and the gap is likely to
And to avoid prying questions from inquisitive parents, some men are even resorting to hiring fake girlfriends to present to
their parents using apps such as Hire Me Plz.Reports suggest hiring a girlfriend can
cost up to 10,000 yuan
($1,450) a day.
The problems for men in finding a partner are
most acute in poorer rural areas, made worse by long-held
traditions that the husband must be able to offer a decent level of financial security before he can secure a wife.
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