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December 7, 2006

Written by C.N.

China’s Love Boat Matchmaking Cruise

Say you’re a Chinese entrepreneur who’s newly rich, single, and looking for a wife. Sure, you can do the usual things and try the usual spots to try to find a wife, but there’s a more (supposedly) convenient alternative now available: matchmaking cruises designed to pair rich Chinese men with beautiful and desirable Chinese women:

Men on the cruise scheduled to go along Shanghai’s Huangpu River must be worth at least 2 million yuan ($250,000), the China Daily quoted organizer Xu Tianli as saying. Xu said more than 20 men had signed up for the Nov. 25 cruise and that half of those registered to take part were worth more than 200 million yuan ($25 million).

Fewer than 30 of the 1,000 woman who applied were accepted, Xu said. “Only those who were attractive in every category can take part in this event,” Xu said, without giving the specific criteria interested female applicants had to meet.

“Rich men are normally very busy, and most of the women they meet are there for work or business, which these men consider to be unsuitable for relationships,” Xu said. One of the men who signed up for the cruise, identified only by his surname Sun, said “appearance is most important to me.”

That’s right, who would want a Chinese woman who’s just as assertive, intelligent, and financially successful as you when you can have a good old-fashioned trophy wife. She’ll be more than happy to wait around your luxurious condo for you once you get home, order around your servants and maids while you’re away, and wile away the hours while you’re gone by shopping and contributing to China’s burgeoning capitalist economy.

Ahhh, the life of the newly rich in China . . .

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