Dating that did not lead to the altar was “hooliganism,” he said, and under his system sexual privacy was nonexistent; local Party cadres kept track of household condom distribution.
The young men and women before her were joining a staff of nearly five hundred.
Your customers, she told them, will be virtually indistinguishable from yourselves: strivers, alone in the city, separated from love by “three towering mountains”—no money, no time, and no connections.
More serenity can be found at the Guiyuan Buddhist Temple, an important shrine with splendid architecture and sculptures.
Wuhan has the largest lake within any city in China.
For years, village matchmakers and parents, factory bosses and Communist cadres efficiently paired off young people with minimum participation from the bride and groom.
Romance became political in 1919, when Chinese students mounted demonstrations for democracy, science, and an end to arranged marriage, on behalf of what they called “the freedom of love.” It was “a code word for individual autonomy,” Haiyan Lee, a literature professor at Stanford, writes in “Revolution of the Heart: A Genealogy of Love in China, 1900-1950.” Mao outlawed arranged marriages and concubines, and enshrined a woman’s right to divorce, but he left no room for desire.Also worth a visit is the Rock and Bonsai Museum, featuring a collection of mounted stones and a peaceful outdoor bonsai garden.For panoramic city views overlooking the Yangtze River, visit the famous Yellow Crane Tower.She was five feet three, with narrow shoulders, and when she talked about her business I got the feeling that she was talking about herself.“We’re not like you foreigners, who make friends easily in a bar or go travelling and chat up a stranger,” she once told me. Our membership has a very clear goal: to get married.”Of all the upheavals in Chinese life in the past three decades, there is perhaps none more intimate than the opportunity to choose one’s mate.Over the holiday, single men and women across the country would be returning home to visit relatives—only to find themselves interrogated relentlessly about marriage prospects. Afterward, Jiayuan’s enrollment would experience a surge similar to the New Year’s surge at fitness clubs in America. When Gong, who is thirty-six, talks about the happiness business, she tends to emphasize “price/performance ratios” and “information asymmetry.” The company, which she founded in her dorm room nine years ago, in order to find a husband, accounts for a sizable portion of China’s online dating industry and is traded on Nasdaq.It goes by the tagline “The Serious Dating Website.”Gong was in office attire: glasses, ponytail, no makeup, and a pink Adidas jacket with a ragged left cuff.For one thing, the top ranks of Chinese technology are dominated by men.And, unlike others who glimpsed the potential of the Internet in China, she didn’t speak fluent English. She’d grown up on a farm, and her voice trembled before crowds.Perfect for nature lovers, East Lake boasts many scenic spots along its shores including verdant parks, plum gardens, a bamboo forest, a bird sanctuary, and recreation areas.few days before the Year of the Dragon began, Jiayuan (Beautiful Destiny), China’s largest online dating service, summoned new employees to an orientation meeting at its headquarters, in a Beijing office tower. O., peered at a dozen new hires and informed them that they were now in “the happiness business.” She did not smile.