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CHINA-MARRIAGE/SENIORS
RTX15A7I 
November 12, 2013 
A woman sits during a matchmaking event for middle-aged singles and seniors, sponsored by Shanghai's... 
Shanghai, China 
A woman sits during a government-sponsored matchmaking event for middle-aged singles and seniors in Shanghai... 
A woman sits during a matchmaking event for middle-aged singles and seniors, sponsored by Shanghai's government, in Shanghai November 9, 2013. The event, which drew 30,000 participants last year, started catering for those over 45 to satisfy demand from the growing numbers of divorcees, said Xu Tianli, vice chairman of the Shanghai Matchmaking Agency Management Association, an organiser of the event. Divorce rates in China have risen for seven years in a row. In 2012, year-on-year growth in divorces outpaced the increase in marriages for the first time, according to official data. Rising levels of divorce have not escaped the notice of China's government, which is concerned that broken homes will erode social stability. To mend ailing marriages and encourage senior singles to date, China has introduced a wide range of measures. To match story CHINA-MARRIAGE/SENIORS Picture taken November 9, 2013. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY) 
CHINA-MARRIAGE/SENIORS
RTX15A7H 
November 12, 2013 
A man and a woman chat during a matchmaking event for middle-aged singles and seniors, sponsored by Shanghai's... 
Shanghai, China 
A man and a woman chat during a government-sponsored matchmaking event for middle-aged singles and seniors... 
A man and a woman chat during a matchmaking event for middle-aged singles and seniors, sponsored by Shanghai's government, in Shanghai November 9, 2013. The event, which drew 30,000 participants last year, started catering for those over 45 to satisfy demand from the growing numbers of divorcees, said Xu Tianli, vice chairman of the Shanghai Matchmaking Agency Management Association, an organiser of the event. Divorce rates in China have risen for seven years in a row. In 2012, year-on-year growth in divorces outpaced the increase in marriages for the first time, according to official data. Rising levels of divorce have not escaped the notice of China's government, which is concerned that broken homes will erode social stability. To mend ailing marriages and encourage senior singles to date, China has introduced a wide range of measures. To match story CHINA-MARRIAGE/SENIORS Picture taken November 9, 2013. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY) 
CHINA-MARRIAGE/SENIORS
RTX15A7G 
November 12, 2013 
A man looks at signs showing the personal profiles of people looking for spouses during a matchmaking... 
Shanghai, China 
A man looks at signs showing the personal profiles of people looking for spouses during a matchmaking... 
A man looks at signs showing the personal profiles of people looking for spouses during a matchmaking event for middle-aged singles and seniors, sponsored by Shanghai's government, in Shanghai November 9, 2013. The event, which drew 30,000 participants last year, started catering for those over 45 to satisfy demand from the growing numbers of divorcees, said Xu Tianli, vice chairman of the Shanghai Matchmaking Agency Management Association, an organiser of the event. Divorce rates in China have risen for seven years in a row. In 2012, year-on-year growth in divorces outpaced the increase in marriages for the first time, according to official data. Rising levels of divorce have not escaped the notice of China's government, which is concerned that broken homes will erode social stability. To mend ailing marriages and encourage senior singles to date, China has introduced a wide range of measures. To match story CHINA-MARRIAGE/SENIORS Picture taken November 9, 2013. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY) 
CHINA-MARRIAGE/SENIORS
RTX15A7F 
November 12, 2013 
A woman looks at signs showing the personal profiles of people looking for spouses during a matchmaking... 
Shanghai, China 
A woman looks at signs showing the personal profiles of people looking for spouses during a matchmaking... 
A woman looks at signs showing the personal profiles of people looking for spouses during a matchmaking event for middle-aged singles and seniors, sponsored by Shanghai's government, in Shanghai November 9, 2013. The event, which drew 30,000 participants last year, started catering for those over 45 to satisfy demand from the growing numbers of divorcees, said Xu Tianli, vice chairman of the Shanghai Matchmaking Agency Management Association, an organiser of the event. Divorce rates in China have risen for seven years in a row. In 2012, year-on-year growth in divorces outpaced the increase in marriages for the first time, according to official data. Rising levels of divorce have not escaped the notice of China's government, which is concerned that broken homes will erode social stability. To mend ailing marriages and encourage senior singles to date, China has introduced a wide range of measures. To match story CHINA-MARRIAGE/SENIORS Picture taken November 9, 2013. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY) 
CHINA-MARRIAGE/SENIORS
RTX15A7C 
November 12, 2013 
A woman looks at signs showing the personal profiles of people looking for spouses during a matchmaking... 
Shanghai, China 
A woman looks at signs showing the personal profiles of people looking for spouses during a matchmaking... 
A woman looks at signs showing the personal profiles of people looking for spouses during a matchmaking event for middle-aged singles and seniors, sponsored by Shanghai's government, in Shanghai November 9, 2013. The event, which drew 30,000 participants last year, started catering for those over 45 to satisfy demand from the growing numbers of divorcees, said Xu Tianli, vice chairman of the Shanghai Matchmaking Agency Management Association, an organiser of the event. Divorce rates in China have risen for seven years in a row. In 2012, year-on-year growth in divorces outpaced the increase in marriages for the first time, according to official data. Rising levels of divorce have not escaped the notice of China's government, which is concerned that broken homes will erode social stability. To mend ailing marriages and encourage senior singles to date, China has introduced a wide range of measures. To match story CHINA-MARRIAGE/SENIORS Picture taken November 9, 2013. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY) 
CHINA-MARRIAGE/SENIORS
RTX15A7B 
November 12, 2013 
A woman looks at a man during a matchmaking event for middle-aged singles and seniors, sponsored by Shanghai's... 
Shanghai, China 
A woman looks at a man during a government-sponsored matchmaking event for middle-aged singles and seniors... 
A woman looks at a man during a matchmaking event for middle-aged singles and seniors, sponsored by Shanghai's government, in Shanghai November 9, 2013. The event, which drew 30,000 participants last year, started catering for those over 45 to satisfy demand from the growing numbers of divorcees, said Xu Tianli, vice chairman of the Shanghai Matchmaking Agency Management Association, an organiser of the event. Divorce rates in China have risen for seven years in a row. In 2012, year-on-year growth in divorces outpaced the increase in marriages for the first time, according to official data. Rising levels of divorce have not escaped the notice of China's government, which is concerned that broken homes will erode social stability. To mend ailing marriages and encourage senior singles to date, China has introduced a wide range of measures. To match story CHINA-MARRIAGE/SENIORS Picture taken November 9, 2013. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY) 
CHINA-MARRIAGE/SENIORS
RTX15A7A 
November 12, 2013 
A man arrives at a matchmaking event for middle-aged singles and seniors, sponsored by Shanghai's government,... 
Shanghai, China 
A man arrives at a government-sponsored matchmaking event for middle-aged singles and seniors in Shanghai... 
A man arrives at a matchmaking event for middle-aged singles and seniors, sponsored by Shanghai's government, in Shanghai November 9, 2013. The event, which drew 30,000 participants last year, started catering for those over 45 to satisfy demand from the growing numbers of divorcees, said Xu Tianli, vice chairman of the Shanghai Matchmaking Agency Management Association, an organiser of the event. Divorce rates in China have risen for seven years in a row. In 2012, year-on-year growth in divorces outpaced the increase in marriages for the first time, according to official data. Rising levels of divorce have not escaped the notice of China's government, which is concerned that broken homes will erode social stability. To mend ailing marriages and encourage senior singles to date, China has introduced a wide range of measures. To match story CHINA-MARRIAGE/SENIORS Picture taken November 9, 2013. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY) 
CHINA-MARRIAGE/SENIORS
RTX15A79 
November 12, 2013 
A man and a woman chat during a matchmaking event for middle-aged singles and seniors, sponsored by Shanghai's... 
Shanghai, China 
A man and a woman chat during a government-sponsored matchmaking event for middle-aged singles and seniors... 
A man and a woman chat during a matchmaking event for middle-aged singles and seniors, sponsored by Shanghai's government, in Shanghai November 9, 2013. The event, which drew 30,000 participants last year, started catering for those over 45 to satisfy demand from the growing numbers of divorcees, said Xu Tianli, vice chairman of the Shanghai Matchmaking Agency Management Association, an organiser of the event. Divorce rates in China have risen for seven years in a row. In 2012, year-on-year growth in divorces outpaced the increase in marriages for the first time, according to official data. Rising levels of divorce have not escaped the notice of China's government, which is concerned that broken homes will erode social stability. To mend ailing marriages and encourage senior singles to date, China has introduced a wide range of measures. To match story CHINA-MARRIAGE/SENIORS Picture taken November 9, 2013. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY) 
CHINA-MARRIAGE/SENIORS
RTX15A77 
November 12, 2013 
A man arrives at a matchmaking event for middle-aged singles and seniors, sponsored by Shanghai's government,... 
Shanghai, China 
A man arrives at a government-sponsored matchmaking event for middle-aged singles and seniors in Shanghai... 
A man arrives at a matchmaking event for middle-aged singles and seniors, sponsored by Shanghai's government, in Shanghai November 9, 2013. The event, which drew 30,000 participants last year, started catering for those over 45 to satisfy demand from the growing numbers of divorcees, said Xu Tianli, vice chairman of the Shanghai Matchmaking Agency Management Association, an organiser of the event. Divorce rates in China have risen for seven years in a row. In 2012, year-on-year growth in divorces outpaced the increase in marriages for the first time, according to official data. Rising levels of divorce have not escaped the notice of China's government, which is concerned that broken homes will erode social stability. To mend ailing marriages and encourage senior singles to date, China has introduced a wide range of measures. To match story CHINA-MARRIAGE/SENIORS Picture taken November 9, 2013. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY) 
CHINA-MARRIAGE/SENIORS
RTX15A76 
November 12, 2013 
A man and a woman chat during a matchmaking event for middle-aged singles and seniors, sponsored by Shanghai's... 
Shanghai, China 
A man and a woman chat during a government-sponsored matchmaking event for middle-aged singles and seniors... 
A man and a woman chat during a matchmaking event for middle-aged singles and seniors, sponsored by Shanghai's government, in Shanghai November 9, 2013. The event, which drew 30,000 participants last year, started catering for those over 45 to satisfy demand from the growing numbers of divorcees, said Xu Tianli, vice chairman of the Shanghai Matchmaking Agency Management Association, an organiser of the event. Divorce rates in China have risen for seven years in a row. In 2012, year-on-year growth in divorces outpaced the increase in marriages for the first time, according to official data. Rising levels of divorce have not escaped the notice of China's government, which is concerned that broken homes will erode social stability. To mend ailing marriages and encourage senior singles to date, China has introduced a wide range of measures. To match story CHINA-MARRIAGE/SENIORS Picture taken November 9, 2013. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY) 
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China - Love and Marriage 13 Aug 2013 
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CHINA-WOMEN/MARRIAGE
RTX12JAD 
August 13, 2013 
A couple prepares to participate in a staged mass wedding, organised as part of a matchmaking event to... 
Shanghai, China 
A couple prepares to participate in a staged mass wedding in Shanghai 
A couple prepares to participate in a staged mass wedding, organised as part of a matchmaking event to inspire singles to get married, in a suburban area of Shanghai May 18, 2013. As couples celebrate the "Qixi" festival on Tuesday, the Chinese equivalent of Valentine's Day, millions of women face stark choices in a society where traditional ideas about matrimonial hierarchy run up against huge economic and social changes sweeping the world's most populous country. There are plenty of men to go round among China's nearly 1.4 billion people but social status can conspire against single professional women, sometimes making it difficult to find a partner. Picture taken May 18, 2013. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY)

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RTX12JAC 
August 13, 2013 
A woman holds her marriage certificate as couples participate in a staged mass wedding, organised as... 
Shanghai, China 
A woman holds her marriage certificate, as couples participate in a staged mass wedding in Shanghai 
A woman holds her marriage certificate as couples participate in a staged mass wedding, organised as part of a matchmaking event to inspire singles to get married, in a suburban area of Shanghai May 18, 2013. As couples celebrate the "Qixi" festival on Tuesday, the Chinese equivalent of Valentine's Day, millions of women face stark choices in a society where traditional ideas about matrimonial hierarchy run up against huge economic and social changes sweeping the world's most populous country. There are plenty of men to go round among China's nearly 1.4 billion people but social status can conspire against single professional women, sometimes making it difficult to find a partner. Picture taken May 18, 2013. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY)

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RTX12JAB 
August 13, 2013 
A couple waits to participate in a staged mass wedding, organised as part of a matchmaking event to inspire... 
Shanghai, China 
A couple waits to participate in a staged mass wedding in Shanghai 
A couple waits to participate in a staged mass wedding, organised as part of a matchmaking event to inspire singles to get married, in a suburban area of Shanghai May 18, 2013. As couples celebrate the "Qixi" festival on Tuesday, the Chinese equivalent of Valentine's Day, millions of women face stark choices in a society where traditional ideas about matrimonial hierarchy run up against huge economic and social changes sweeping the world's most populous country. There are plenty of men to go round among China's nearly 1.4 billion people but social status can conspire against single professional women, sometimes making it difficult to find a partner. Picture taken May 18, 2013. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY)

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CHINA-WOMEN/MARRIAGE
RTX12JAA 
August 13, 2013 
A couple waits to participate in a staged mass wedding, organised as part of a matchmaking event to inspire... 
Shanghai, China 
A couple waits to participate in a staged mass wedding in Shanghai 
A couple waits to participate in a staged mass wedding, organised as part of a matchmaking event to inspire singles to get married, in a suburban area of Shanghai May 18, 2013. As couples celebrate the "Qixi" festival on Tuesday, the Chinese equivalent of Valentine's Day, millions of women face stark choices in a society where traditional ideas about matrimonial hierarchy run up against huge economic and social changes sweeping the world's most populous country. There are plenty of men to go round among China's nearly 1.4 billion people but social status can conspire against single professional women, sometimes making it difficult to find a partner. Picture taken May 18, 2013. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY)

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CHINA-WOMEN/MARRIAGE
RTX12JA9 
August 13, 2013 
A bride waits to participate in a staged mass wedding, organised as part of a matchmaking event to inspire... 
Shanghai, China 
A bride waits to participate in a staged mass wedding in Shanghai 
A bride waits to participate in a staged mass wedding, organised as part of a matchmaking event to inspire singles to get married, in a suburban area of Shanghai May 18, 2013. As couples celebrate the "Qixi" festival on Tuesday, the Chinese equivalent of Valentine's Day, millions of women face stark choices in a society where traditional ideas about matrimonial hierarchy run up against huge economic and social changes sweeping the world's most populous country. There are plenty of men to go round among China's nearly 1.4 billion people but social status can conspire against single professional women, sometimes making it difficult to find a partner. Picture taken May 18, 2013. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY)

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CHINA-WOMEN/MARRIAGE
RTX12JA8 
August 13, 2013 
Couples wait to participate in a staged mass wedding, organised as part of a matchmaking event to inspire... 
Shanghai, China 
Couples wait to participate in a staged mass wedding in Shanghai 
Couples wait to participate in a staged mass wedding, organised as part of a matchmaking event to inspire singles to get married, at a suburban area of Shanghai May 18, 2013. As couples celebrate the "Qixi" festival on Tuesday, the Chinese equivalent of Valentine's Day, millions of women face stark choices in a society where traditional ideas about matrimonial hierarchy run up against huge economic and social changes sweeping the world's most populous country. There are plenty of men to go round among China's nearly 1.4 billion people but social status can conspire against single professional women, sometimes making it difficult to find a partner. Picture taken May 18, 2013. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY)

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RTX12JA6 
August 13, 2013 
A make-up artist applies cosmetics as women prepare to participate in a mass wedding, organised as part... 
Shanghai, China 
A make-up artist applies cosmetics as women prepare to participate in a mass wedding in Shanghai 
A make-up artist applies cosmetics as women prepare to participate in a mass wedding, organised as part of a matchmaking event to inspire singles to get married, in a suburban area of Shanghai May 18, 2013. As couples celebrate the "Qixi" festival on Tuesday, the Chinese equivalent of Valentine's Day, millions of women face stark choices in a society where traditional ideas about matrimonial hierarchy run up against huge economic and social changes sweeping the world's most populous country. There are plenty of men to go round among China's nearly 1.4 billion people but social status can conspire against single professional women, sometimes making it difficult to find a partner. Picture taken May 18, 2013. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY)

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RTX12JA5 
August 13, 2013 
Couples take an escalator as they participate in a staged mass wedding, organised as part of a matchmaking... 
Shanghai, China 
Couples take an escalator as they participate in a staged mass wedding in Shanghai 
Couples take an escalator as they participate in a staged mass wedding, organised as part of a matchmaking event to inspire singles to get married, at a suburban area of Shanghai May 18, 2013. As couples celebrate the "Qixi" festival on Tuesday, the Chinese equivalent of Valentine's Day, millions of women face stark choices in a society where traditional ideas about matrimonial hierarchy run up against huge economic and social changes sweeping the world's most populous country. There are plenty of men to go round among China's nearly 1.4 billion people but social status can conspire against single professional women, sometimes making it difficult to find a partner. Picture taken May 18, 2013. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY)

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RTX12JA4 
August 13, 2013 
27-year-old Hang Cheng waits backstage during the recording of an episode of "Meet you on Saturday",... 
Shanghai, China 
A participant waits backstage during the recording of an episode of "Meet you on Saturday", a matchmaking... 
27-year-old Hang Cheng waits backstage during the recording of an episode of "Meet you on Saturday", a matchmaking television programme, at a local television station in Shanghai July 28, 2013. As couples celebrate the "Qixi" festival on Tuesday, the Chinese equivalent of Valentine's Day, millions of women face stark choices in a society where traditional ideas about matrimonial hierarchy run up against huge economic and social changes sweeping the world's most populous country. There are plenty of men to go round among China's nearly 1.4 billion people but social status can conspire against single professional women, sometimes making it difficult to find a partner. Picture taken July 28, 2013. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY)

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RTX12JA3 
August 13, 2013 
Woman talk during the recording of an episode of a matchmaking television programme, "One out of 100",... 
Shanghai, China 
Woman talk during the recording of an episode of a matchmaking TV programme, "One out of 100", in Shanghai... 
Woman talk during the recording of an episode of a matchmaking television programme, "One out of 100", in Shanghai July 27, 2013. As couples celebrate the "Qixi" festival on Tuesday, the Chinese equivalent of Valentine's Day, millions of women face stark choices in a society where traditional ideas about matrimonial hierarchy run up against huge economic and social changes sweeping the world's most populous country. There are plenty of men to go round among China's nearly 1.4 billion people but social status can conspire against single professional women, sometimes making it difficult to find a partner. Picture taken July 27, 2013. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY)

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RTX12JA2 
August 13, 2013 
25-year-old Liu Tingting introduces herself during the recording of an episode of "Meet you on Saturday",... 
Shanghai, China 
A participant introduces herself during the recording of an episode of "Meet you on Saturday", a matchmaking... 
25-year-old Liu Tingting introduces herself during the recording of an episode of "Meet you on Saturday", a matchmaking television programme, at a local television station in Shanghai July 28, 2013. As couples celebrate the "Qixi" festival on Tuesday, the Chinese equivalent of Valentine's Day, millions of women face stark choices in a society where traditional ideas about matrimonial hierarchy run up against huge economic and social changes sweeping the world's most populous country. There are plenty of men to go round among China's nearly 1.4 billion people but social status can conspire against single professional women, sometimes making it difficult to find a partner. Picture taken July 28, 2013. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY)

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RTX12JA1 
August 13, 2013 
Parents of participants appearing on "Meet you on Saturday", a matchmaking television programme, chat... 
Shanghai, China 
Parents of participants appearing on "Meet you on Saturday", a matchmaking TV programme, chat during... 
Parents of participants appearing on "Meet you on Saturday", a matchmaking television programme, chat during the recording of an episode at a local television station in Shanghai July 28, 2013. As couples celebrate the "Qixi" festival on Tuesday, the Chinese equivalent of Valentine's Day, millions of women face stark choices in a society where traditional ideas about matrimonial hierarchy run up against huge economic and social changes sweeping the world's most populous country. There are plenty of men to go round among China's nearly 1.4 billion people but social status can conspire against single professional women, sometimes making it difficult to find a partner. Picture taken July 28, 2013. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY)

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RTX12JA0 
August 13, 2013 
A man introduces himself onstage during a matchmaking event in Jinshan beach, south of Shanghai July... 
Shanghai, China 
A man introduces himself onstage during a matchmaking event in Jinshan beach, south of Shanghai 
A man introduces himself onstage during a matchmaking event in Jinshan beach, south of Shanghai July 20, 2013. As couples celebrate the "Qixi" festival on Tuesday, the Chinese equivalent of Valentine's Day, millions of women face stark choices in a society where traditional ideas about matrimonial hierarchy run up against huge economic and social changes sweeping the world's most populous country. There are plenty of men to go round among China's nearly 1.4 billion people but social status can conspire against single professional women, sometimes making it difficult to find a partner. Picture taken July 20, 2013. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY)

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RTX12J9Z 
August 13, 2013 
Men attend the recording of an episode of "Meet you on Saturday", a matchmaking television programme,... 
Shanghai, China 
Men attend the recording of an episode of "Meet you on Saturday", a matchmaking TV programme, in Shanghai... 
Men attend the recording of an episode of "Meet you on Saturday", a matchmaking television programme, at a local local television station in Shanghai July 28, 2013. As couples celebrate the "Qixi" festival on Tuesday, the Chinese equivalent of Valentine's Day, millions of women face stark choices in a society where traditional ideas about matrimonial hierarchy run up against huge economic and social changes sweeping the world's most populous country. There are plenty of men to go round among China's nearly 1.4 billion people but social status can conspire against single professional women, sometimes making it difficult to find a partner. Picture taken July 28, 2013. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY)

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RTX12J9Y 
August 13, 2013 
A man introduces himself onstage during a matchmaking event in Jinshan beach, south of Shanghai July... 
Shanghai, China 
A man introduces himself onstage during a matchmaking event in Jinshan beach, south of Shanghai 
A man introduces himself onstage during a matchmaking event in Jinshan beach, south of Shanghai July 20, 2013. As couples celebrate the "Qixi" festival on Tuesday, the Chinese equivalent of Valentine's Day, millions of women face stark choices in a society where traditional ideas about matrimonial hierarchy run up against huge economic and social changes sweeping the world's most populous country. There are plenty of men to go round among China's nearly 1.4 billion people but social status can conspire against single professional women, sometimes making it difficult to find a partner. Picture taken July 20, 2013. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY)

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RTX12J9X 
August 13, 2013 
People attend a matchmaking event in Jinshan beach, south of Shanghai July 20, 2013. As couples celebrate... 
Shanghai, China 
People attend a matchmaking event in Jinshan beach, south of Shanghai 
People attend a matchmaking event in Jinshan beach, south of Shanghai July 20, 2013. As couples celebrate the "Qixi" festival on Tuesday, the Chinese equivalent of Valentine's Day, millions of women face stark choices in a society where traditional ideas about matrimonial hierarchy run up against huge economic and social changes sweeping the world's most populous country. There are plenty of men to go round among China's nearly 1.4 billion people but social status can conspire against single professional women, sometimes making it difficult to find a partner. Picture taken July 20, 2013. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY)

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RTX12J9W 
August 13, 2013 
A man uses his phone to scan a QR code sticker, which is used to share personal information, during a... 
Shanghai, China 
A man uses his phone to scan a QR code sticker, which is used to share personal information, during a... 
A man uses his phone to scan a QR code sticker, which is used to share personal information, during a matchmaking event in Jinshan beach, south of Shanghai July 20, 2013. As couples celebrate the "Qixi" festival on Tuesday, the Chinese equivalent of Valentine's Day, millions of women face stark choices in a society where traditional ideas about matrimonial hierarchy run up against huge economic and social changes sweeping the world's most populous country. There are plenty of men to go round among China's nearly 1.4 billion people but social status can conspire against single professional women, sometimes making it difficult to find a partner. Picture taken July 20, 2013. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY)

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RTX12J9U 
August 13, 2013 
A woman holds a sign during a matchmaking event in Jinshan beach, south of Shanghai July 20, 2013. As... 
Shanghai, China 
A woman holds a sign during a matchmaking event in Jinshan beach, south of Shanghai 
A woman holds a sign during a matchmaking event in Jinshan beach, south of Shanghai July 20, 2013. As couples celebrate the "Qixi" festival on Tuesday, the Chinese equivalent of Valentine's Day, millions of women face stark choices in a society where traditional ideas about matrimonial hierarchy run up against huge economic and social changes sweeping the world's most populous country. There are plenty of men to go round among China's nearly 1.4 billion people but social status can conspire against single professional women, sometimes making it difficult to find a partner. Picture taken July 20, 2013. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY)

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RTX12J9P 
August 13, 2013 
A woman, who is looking for a spouse for her child, takes notes from a personal profile board during... 
Shanghai, China 
A woman, who is looking for a spouse for her child, takes notes from a personal profile board during... 
A woman, who is looking for a spouse for her child, takes notes from a personal profile board during a mass wedding organised as part of a matchmaking event in Shanghai May 18, 2013. As couples celebrate the "Qixi" festival on Tuesday, the Chinese equivalent of Valentine's Day, millions of women face stark choices in a society where traditional ideas about matrimonial hierarchy run up against huge economic and social changes sweeping the world's most populous country. There are plenty of men to go round among China's nearly 1.4 billion people but social status can conspire against single professional women, sometimes making it difficult to find a partner. Picture taken May 18, 2013. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY)

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CHINA-WOMEN/MARRIAGE
RTX12J9O 
August 13, 2013 
Women sit and talk as they wait to meet men during a matchmaking event in Shanghai May 18, 2013. As couples... 
Shanghai, China 
Women sit and talk as they wait to meet men during a matchmaking event in Shanghai 
Women sit and talk as they wait to meet men during a matchmaking event in Shanghai May 18, 2013. As couples celebrate the "Qixi" festival on Tuesday, the Chinese equivalent of Valentine's Day, millions of women face stark choices in a society where traditional ideas about matrimonial hierarchy run up against huge economic and social changes sweeping the world's most populous country. There are plenty of men to go round among China's nearly 1.4 billion people but social status can conspire against single professional women, sometimes making it difficult to find a partner. Picture taken May 18, 2013. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY)

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CHINA-WOMEN/MARRIAGE
RTX12J9N 
August 13, 2013 
A man looks at pictures of single people displayed on a board during a matchmaking event in Shanghai... 
Shanghai, China 
A man looks at pictures of single people, displayed on a board during a matchmaking event in Shanghai... 
A man looks at pictures of single people displayed on a board during a matchmaking event in Shanghai May 18, 2013. As couples celebrate the "Qixi" festival on Tuesday, the Chinese equivalent of Valentine's Day, millions of women face stark choices in a society where traditional ideas about matrimonial hierarchy run up against huge economic and social changes sweeping the world's most populous country. There are plenty of men to go round among China's nearly 1.4 billion people but social status can conspire against single professional women, sometimes making it difficult to find a partner. Picture taken May 18, 2013. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY)

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CHINA
RTXZRWN 
May 18, 2013 
A female participant talks to a male participant during a matchmaking event in Shanghai May 18, 2013.... 
Shanghai, China 
A female participant talks to a male participant during a matchmaking event in Shanghai 
A female participant talks to a male participant during a matchmaking event in Shanghai May 18, 2013. About 18,000 people signed up to participate in the second edition of the matchmaking event organized by Shanghai's municipal authorities to provide unmarried people under the age of 45 the chance to meet a potential partner, according to its organisers. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY) 
CHINA
RTXZRWL 
May 18, 2013 
A woman has her make-up applied before a staged mass wedding, organised as part of a matchmaking event... 
Shanghai, China 
A woman has her make-up applied before a staged mass wedding in Shanghai 
A woman has her make-up applied before a staged mass wedding, organised as part of a matchmaking event to inspire singles to get married, in Shanghai May 18, 2013. About 18,000 people signed up to participate in the second edition of the matchmaking event organized by Shanghai's municipal authorities to provide unmarried people under the age of 45 the chance to meet a potential partner, according to its organisers. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY) 
CHINA
RTXZRWC 
May 18, 2013 
A woman prepares for a staged mass wedding, organised as part of a matchmaking event to inspire singles... 
Shanghai, China 
A woman prepares for a staged mass wedding in Shanghai 
A woman prepares for a staged mass wedding, organised as part of a matchmaking event to inspire singles to get married, in Shanghai May 18, 2013. About 18,000 people signed up to participate in the second edition of the matchmaking event organized by Shanghai's municipal authorities to provide unmarried people under the age of 45 the chance to meet a potential partner, according to its organisers. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY) 
CHINA
RTXZRW7 
May 18, 2013 
Women participants talk to male participants during a matchmaking event in Shanghai May 18, 2013. About... 
Shanghai, China 
Women participants talk to male participants during a matchmaking event in Shanghai 
Women participants talk to male participants during a matchmaking event in Shanghai May 18, 2013. About 18,000 people signed up to participate in the second edition of the matchmaking event organized by Shanghai's municipal authorities to provide unmarried people under the age of 45 the chance to meet a potential partner, according to its organisers. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY) 
CHINA
RTXZRVW 
May 18, 2013 
A woman shows her marriage certificate during a staged mass wedding, organised as part of a matchmaking... 
Shanghai, China 
A woman shows her marriage certificate during a staged mass wedding in Shanghai 
A woman shows her marriage certificate during a staged mass wedding, organised as part of a matchmaking event to inspire singles to get married, in Shanghai May 18, 2013. About 18,000 people signed up to participate in the second edition of the matchmaking event organized by Shanghai's municipal authorities to provide unmarried people under the age of 45 the chance to meet a potential partner, according to its organisers. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY) 
CHINA
RTXZRVK 
May 18, 2013 
A woman looks at pictures of single people displayed on a board during a matchmaking event in Shanghai... 
Shanghai, China 
A woman looks at pictures of single people displayed on a board during a matchmaking event in Shanghai... 
A woman looks at pictures of single people displayed on a board during a matchmaking event in Shanghai May 18, 2013. About 18,000 people signed up to participate in the second edition of the matchmaking event organized by Shanghai's municipal authorities to provide unmarried people under the age of 45 the chance to meet a potential partner, according to its organisers. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY) 
CHINA
RTXZRVD 
May 18, 2013 
Women sit as they wait to meet male participants during a matchmaking event in Shanghai May 18, 2013.... 
Shanghai, China 
Women sit as they wait to meet male participants during a matchmaking event in Shanghai 
Women sit as they wait to meet male participants during a matchmaking event in Shanghai May 18, 2013. About 18,000 people signed up to participate in the second edition of the matchmaking event organized by Shanghai's municipal authorities to provide unmarried people under the age of 45 the chance to meet a potential partner, according to its organisers. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) 
CHINA
RTXZRVC 
May 18, 2013 
A couple waits to participate in a staged mass wedding, organised as part of a matchmaking event to inspire... 
Shanghai, China 
A couple waits to participate in a staged mass wedding in Shanghai 
A couple waits to participate in a staged mass wedding, organised as part of a matchmaking event to inspire singles to get married, in Shanghai May 18, 2013. About 18,000 people signed up to participate in the second edition of the matchmaking event organized by Shanghai's municipal authorities to provide unmarried people under the age of 45 the chance to meet a potential partner, according to its organisers. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY) 
CHINA
RTXZRV6 
May 18, 2013 
A woman points to an information card displayed on a wall providing details of bachelor participants... 
Shanghai, China 
A woman points to an information card providing details of bachelor participants during a matchmaking... 
A woman points to an information card displayed on a wall providing details of bachelor participants during a matchmaking event in Shanghai May 18, 2013. About 18,000 people signed up to participate in the second edition of the matchmaking event organized by Shanghai's municipal authorities to provide unmarried people under the age of 45 the chance to meet a potential partner, according to its organisers. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY) 
CHINA
RTXZRV1 
May 18, 2013 
Parents wait for their sons and daughters during a matchmaking event in Shanghai May 18, 2013. About... 
Shanghai, China 
Parents wait for their sons and daughters during a matchmaking event in Shanghai 
Parents wait for their sons and daughters during a matchmaking event in Shanghai May 18, 2013. About 18,000 people signed up to participate in the second edition of the matchmaking event organized by Shanghai's municipal authorities to provide unmarried people under the age of 45 the chance to meet a potential partner, according to its organisers. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY) 
CHINA
RTXZRV0 
May 18, 2013 
A woman shows information cards with details of her daughter during a matchmaking event in Shanghai May... 
Shanghai, China 
A woman shows information cards with details of her daughter during a matchmaking event in Shanghai 
A woman shows information cards with details of her daughter during a matchmaking event in Shanghai May 18, 2013. About 18,000 people signed up to participate in the second edition of the matchmaking event organized by Shanghai's municipal authorities to provide unmarried people under the age of 45 the chance to meet a potential partner, according to its organisers. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY) 
CHINA/
RTXZRUH 
May 18, 2013 
Couples arrive at a staged mass wedding, organised as part of a matchmaking event to inspire singles... 
Shanghai, China 
Couples arrive at a staged mass wedding, organised as part of a matchmaking event to inspire singles... 
Couples arrive at a staged mass wedding, organised as part of a matchmaking event to inspire singles to get married, in Shanghai May 18, 2013. About 18,000 people signed up to participate in the second edition of the matchmaking event organized by Shanghai's municipal authorities to provide unmarried people under the age of 45 the chance to meet a potential partner, according to its organisers. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) 
CHINA/
RTXZRUC 
May 18, 2013 
Women sit as they wait to meet men during a matchmaking event in Shanghai May 18, 2013. About 18,000... 
Shanghai, China 
Women sit as they wait to meet men during a matchmaking event in Shanghai 
Women sit as they wait to meet men during a matchmaking event in Shanghai May 18, 2013. About 18,000 people signed up to participate in the second edition of the matchmaking event organized by Shanghai's municipal authorities to provide unmarried people under the age of 45 the chance to meet a potential partner, according to its organisers. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY) 
CHINA/
RTR2IIW7 
February 13, 2011 
A woman hoping to find a prospective mate for her child, takes notes from the profile boards of candidates... 
Shanghai, China 
A woman hoping to find a prospective mate for her child, takes notes from the profile boards of candidates... 
A woman hoping to find a prospective mate for her child, takes notes from the profile boards of candidates during a matchmaking event at People's Square in downtown Shanghai, February 13, 2011. The boards display personal details of applicants such as their names, photos, age, income and occupation. The event is organized by parents and dating companies during the Chinese Lunar New Year holiday, a day before couples around the world celebrate Valentine's day on February 14. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY) 
CHINA/
RTR2IIW4 
February 13, 2011 
People hoping to find prospective mates for their children look at profile boards of candidates during... 
Shanghai, China 
People hoping to find prospective mates for their children look at profile boards of candidates during... 
People hoping to find prospective mates for their children look at profile boards of candidates during a matchmaking event at People's Square in downtown Shanghai February 13, 2011. The boards display personal details of applicants such as their names, photos, age, income and occupation. The event is organized by parents and dating companies during the Chinese Lunar New Year holiday, a day before couples around the world celebrate Valentine's day on February 14. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY) 
CHINA/
RTR2IIVX 
February 13, 2011 
A man holds a personal profile page at a matchmaking event at People's Square in downtown Shanghai February... 
Shanghai, China 
A man holds a personal profile page at a matchmaking event at People's Square in downtown Shanghai 
A man holds a personal profile page at a matchmaking event at People's Square in downtown Shanghai February 13, 2011. The page displays details of the applicant such as his age, income and occupation. The event is organized by dating companies and parents hoping to find partners for their children during the Chinese Lunar New Year holiday, a day before couples around the world celebrate Valentine's day on February 14. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY) 
CHINA/
RTR2IIVO 
February 13, 2011 
The personal profile page of an applicant hangs from bushes during a matchmaking event at People's Square... 
Shanghai, China 
The personal profile page of an applicant hangs from bushes during a matchmaking event at People's Square... 
The personal profile page of an applicant hangs from bushes during a matchmaking event at People's Square in downtown Shanghai February 13, 2011. The page displays details such as her age, income, occupation and desired character traits in a prospective mate. The event is organized by dating companies and parents hoping to find partners for their children during the Chinese Lunar New Year holiday, a day before couples around the world celebrate Valentine's day on February 14. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY) 
CHINA/
RTR2IIVF 
February 13, 2011 
A woman holds a profile page of an applicant during a match making event at People's Square in downtown... 
Shanghai, China 
A woman holds a profile page of an applicant during a match making event at People's Square in downtown... 
A woman holds a profile page of an applicant during a match making event at People's Square in downtown Shanghai February 13, 2011. The event is organized by dating companies and parents hoping to find prospective mates for their children during the Chinese Lunar New Year holiday, a day before couples around the world celebrate Valentine's day on February 14. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY) 
CHINA/
RTR2IIV2 
February 13, 2011 
People hoping to find prospective mates for their children walk near profile boards of candidates during... 
Shanghai, China 
People hoping to find prospective mates for their children walk near profile boards of candidates during... 
People hoping to find prospective mates for their children walk near profile boards of candidates during a matchmaking event at People's Square in downtown Shanghai February 13, 2011. The boards display personal details of applicants such as their names, photos, age, income and occupation. The event is organized by parents and dating companies during the Chinese Lunar New Year holiday, a day before couples around the world celebrate Valentine's day on February 14. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY) 
CHINA/
RTR2IIUW 
February 13, 2011 
People look at profile boards of candidates to find prospective mates for their children during a matchmaking... 
Shanghai, China 
People look at profile boards of candidates to find prospective mates for their children during a matchmaking... 
People look at profile boards of candidates to find prospective mates for their children during a matchmaking event at People's Square in downtown Shanghai February 13, 2011. The boards display personal details of applicants such as their names, photos, age, income and occupation. The event is organized by parents and dating companies during the Chinese Lunar New Year holiday, a day before couples around the world celebrate Valentine's day on February 14. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY) 
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