I’ll admit: I went to the marriage market in Shanghai to gawk. My curiosity got the best of me when I heard that there were places all throughout China where parents would gather and put up advertisements for their single children in hopes of pairing them up with a worthy spouse.
Hoping for some sort of scoop, I went with a couple of friends and a camera in hand.
The market sprung up in Shanghai in 2004 as parents noticed that they were all conveniently gathered anyway at People’s Square for dancing and martial arts sessions.
Parents started tacking posters of children’s statistics onto cork boards, on umbrellas, on the ground. Every weekend, hundreds of parents and grandparents gather in one general area off subway exit nine at People’s Square in Shanghai to browse the selection. Many of them will group together to chat; others diligently browse around with a pen and paper in hand.