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China - Love and Marriage 13 Aug 2013
Reuters photographer Carlos Barria spent time documenting the matchmaking scene in Shanghai. 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.
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RTX12J9I
August 13, 2013
A sign with the personal profile of a single person who hopes to find a spouse is seen as a couple chat...
Shanghai, China
A sign with the personal profile of a single person who hopes to find a spouse, is seen as a couple chat...
A sign with the personal profile of a single person who hopes to find a spouse is seen as a couple chat at People's Square in downtown Shanghai August 11, 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 August 11, 2013. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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August 13, 2013
Signs with the personal profiles of singles who hope to find spouses are seen in People's Square in downtown...
Shanghai, China
Signs with the personal profiles of singles who hope to find spouses are seen in People's Square in downtown...
Signs with the personal profiles of singles who hope to find spouses are seen in People's Square in downtown Shanghai August 11, 2013. The signs display the personal details of applicants such as their names, photos, age, income and occupation. 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 August 11, 2013. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY)

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August 13, 2013
A man reads signs showing the personal profiles of people looking for spouses in People's Square in downtown...
Shanghai, China
A man reads signs showing the personal profiles of people looking for spouses in People's Square in downtown...
A man reads signs showing the personal profiles of people looking for spouses in People's Square in downtown Shanghai August 11, 2013. The signs display the personal details of applicants such as their names, photos, age, income and occupation. 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 August 11, 2013. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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RTX12J9M
August 13, 2013
The parents of a person who is looking for a spouse, display a sign with their child's personal profile...
Shanghai, China
The parents of a person who is looking for a spouse, display signboards with their child's personal profile...
The parents of a person who is looking for a spouse, display a sign with their child's personal profile in People's Square in downtown Shanghai August 11, 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 August 11, 2013. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY)

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RTX12J9L
August 13, 2013
A couple embrace as they travel on an escalator in the financial district of Pudong in Shanghai May 16,...
Shanghai, China
A couple embrace as they travel on an escalator in the financial district of Pudong in Shanghai
A couple embrace as they travel on an escalator in the financial district of Pudong in Shanghai May 16, 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 16, 2013. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY)

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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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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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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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RTX12J9Q
August 13, 2013
A couple talk to a vendor at a wedding dress stand during a wedding exhibition in downtown Shanghai June...
Shanghai, China
A couple talk to a vendor at a wedding dress stand during a wedding exhibition in downtown Shanghai
A couple talk to a vendor at a wedding dress stand during a wedding exhibition in downtown Shanghai June 16, 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 June 16, 2013. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY)

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RTX12J9R
August 13, 2013
A woman lies on a bed as she talks to her partner at a furniture stand during a wedding exhibition in...
Shanghai, China
A woman lies on a bed as she talks to her partner at a furniture stand during a wedding exhibition in...
A woman lies on a bed as she talks to her partner at a furniture stand during a wedding exhibition in downtown Shanghai June 16, 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 June 16, 2013. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY)

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RTX12J9S
August 13, 2013
A man waits for a vendor at a photography stand during wedding exhibition in downtown Shanghai June 16,...
Shanghai, China
A man waits for a vendor at a photography stand during wedding exhibition in downtown Shanghai
A man waits for a vendor at a photography stand during wedding exhibition in downtown Shanghai June 16, 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 June 16, 2013. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY)

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RTX12J9T
August 13, 2013
A couple shops for a wedding ring at a jewellery stand during a wedding exhibition in downtown Shanghai...
Shanghai, China
A couple shops for a wedding ring at a jewellery stand during a wedding exhibition in downtown Shanghai...
A couple shops for a wedding ring at a jewellery stand during a wedding exhibition in downtown Shanghai June 16, 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 June 16, 2013. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY)

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RTX12J9V
August 13, 2013
People attend a wedding exhibition in downtown Shanghai June 16, 2013. As couples celebrate the "Qixi"...
Shanghai, China
People attend a wedding exhibition in downtown Shanghai
People attend a wedding exhibition in downtown Shanghai June 16, 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 June 16, 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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