Every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon for years, hundreds of elderly people have flooded into the restaurant to meet friends and potential partners, according to Many are divorcees or people living alone after the death of a partner and the café gave them a chance to meet peers free of charge.
Despite a 700-seat capacity the venue was often overcapacity, but since the change crowds have shrunk by as much as half.
Rather, it’s a way for parents to put their stamp of approval on a relationship before the couple has even met.
“In Chinese culture, the in-laws are very important,” she said.
Or you’ve befriended a non-native lovely and thinking about taking the next steps towards dating?
Lining the brick pathways are hundreds of pastel umbrellas on which these well-meaning parents have clipped information about their sons’ and daughters’ age, height, weight, occupation and level of education.This phenomenon developed organically more than a decade ago in Shanghai and has since sprung up in other parts of China, said Zhen Trudy Wang, a former Caijing magazine reporter in Shanghai who now works for a public relations firm.People were meeting at the park anyway to practice dancing, badminton and martial arts. “Matchmaking” is actually a more accurate term than “market,” which implies that money is exchanging hands, noted Wang.Contestants like Yong are chosen, matched, and flown out to take part in blind dates captured by hidden cameras set up at Chicago restaurants.The audience gets a voyeuristic view of the unscripted date that ensues.