Shengnu dating website
A woman works at an online dating website in Beijing.
Revenues from China's online dating market are forecast to top two billion yuan (5 million) in 2014 as work-stressed Chinese struggle to find partners, a new report says.
"It's all right to advocate being independent and confident, but the sensational part is quite cheap," says Mingqianyuhou, a user of Weibo, China's leading microblogging service.
"Some people say they are moved by the video, but have they become more confident after watching it?
The film begins in a depressive atmosphere with parents pressuring their daughters to marry, but in the end the women win understanding after their parents find their written declarations of pride of being single and independent at a "marriage market", a place where parents seek dating opportunities for their unmarried children.
However, the happy ending doesn't win approval from critics like Gu.
The industry, which is dominated by three players -- zhenai.com, and Nasdaq-listed -- has benefited hugely from endorsements on popular television dating shows, the report said.At 31, the baby-faced office worker from Shanghai is under enormous pressure from family and friends to get married.But the right man is hard to find, she says, a big issue for urban, educated and well-paid Chinese women in a society where the husband’s social status is traditionally above the wife‘s.Only A-grade women and D-grade men can’t find partners.” 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.REUTERS/Carlos Barria In Beijing, more than a third of women in their late 20s and 30s are looking for husbands, according to the dating website