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70 per cent fiancées want a house from the other half
by Yan Weijue

Seven in 10 women in China consider marriage on condition their boyfriends own a property and have a stable income, according to a report cited in Henan Daily Wednesday.

The report, conducted by the All China Women's Federation, the Committee of Match-making Service industries under China Association of Social Workers and, a match-making website, took a year in research in China's 31 provinces, aiming to reflect the latest thoughts of single Chinese on marriage.

According to the report, 70 percent of the female interviewees agree to marriage only if their partners possess a house, a solid saving and steady income. 65 percent of women hope their partners' salary is double theirs. Single men are more concerned about "emotion investment" rather than money from the other half, with 63 percent undemanding of an income level for their girlfriends.

More than 40 percent of female responders hoped their partners would work as a civil servant. Management personnel in enterprise and public institutions, policeman, army, owners of enterprises, medical staff were also desired positions. While in men's eyes, half do not require a particular job of their partners, with 38.3 percent wishing their ideal mate to be a teacher.

An agricultural hukou (residency registration) is almost the equivalent of a no to marriage, as only 0.7 percent rural female accept farmers as spouses, and 3.3 percent of men with agricultural hukou but living in cities will marry a girl from the rural area.

The survey also found that 23.8 percent of the young singles go on blind dates with help of their parents, which is because the post-80 generation is heavily dependent on their parents. And they are in need of marriage counseling in order to become more active.

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