The online dating segment, in particular, is growing quickly as an increasing number of single people, especially millennials, look to the internet for love.
Although there are Tinder-like apps such as Momo and Tantan, casual dating is frowned upon in China.
Eager singles swamped matchmaking events held in Beijing during the Chinese New Year holidays, with an estimated 50,000 people attending a week-long event in the capital's Ditan Park, according to organiser Jiayuan.com, a popular matchmaking website with over 40 million registered members."I am the third oldest in my family, and everyone has a girlfriend except for me," said 29-year-old insurance worker Chen Nan, who said he felt pressure to step up the search for a wife."Whenever there are get-togethers with university classmates and relatives they ask questions like 'Why don't you have a girlfriend' or 'Are you going to have one next year? Men and women taking part in the event, mainly white-collar workers in their late 20s and early 30s, flirted and exchanged phone numbers and pieces of paper.
According to Jiayuan.com, over 70 percent of participants were in fact anxious parents hoping to fix up children too busy or shy to meet the opposite sex.
Marry U, for one, asks registered users to choose when they expect to tie the knot – within six months, a year, or two at most.
Most apps earn revenue by charging a monthly rate or an application fee.
So now that his maternal grandmother is in her nineties, he is making a more serious effort.
He has to work overtime a lot and doesn't have opportunities to meet girls," said a woman who gave her name as "Mrs.
Li" and had a 26-year-old son who was an IT worker."I don't know if he is worried, but I am quite worried.
That's why when I saw the event, I rushed straight in."The 30-year-old one-child policy has exacerbated China's gender imbalance, with the latest figures showing that 119 boys are born for every 100 girls.
As a result, more than 24 million bachelors could find themselves without spouses by 2020, according to a report from the Chinese Institute of Social Sciences, which attributed the imbalance to gender-selective abortions as a result of traditional preferences for male children.