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China Brokers Love for Ageing Lonely Hearts - 13 Nov 2013
Images from China where thousands of middle-aged and senior lonely hearts took part in an annual match-making event sponsored by the Shanghai government.

The event, which drew 30,000 people last year, attracted an estimated 40,000 this year after organisers lifted the age limit to satisfy demand from the growing number of divorcees, said Xu Tianli, vice chairman of the Shanghai Matchmaking Agency Management Association.
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
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
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
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
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
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)
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
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
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)
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