At the park surrounding Beijing's Temple of Heaven, local matchmakers and parents gather to find eligible prospects for their children and arrange blind dates. NY1's Valarie D'Elia filed the following report.
The park surrounding Beijing’s Temple of Heaven is where many of the city’s seniors come regularly to exercise.
Others come to find dates for their upwardly mobile and busy children, such as NY1's local guide Phoebe, who is a tour operator of China Spree.
"Matchmaking corner, so where you can see a bunch of people. They’re old, like my parent's age generation, so they get together on behalf of their kids, so they want to arrange the blind dates for their kids," Phoebe says.
The parents of children like Phoebe, a 31-year-old unmarried career woman, distribute bios and market them the old fashioned way.
"I found my boyfriend through the matchmaking corner from my Mom, so it was successful, although she doesn’t like him, because he has no condominium," Phoebe says.
A condo is just one of the characteristics women like Phoebe covet.
"For the city girls are looking for the multiple “C” boy - condominium, the cash, car, good character, cute, or good cook - that would be perfect," Phoebe says.
"My son doesn’t have a girlfriend, he lives in Chicago, and I thought maybe lining him up with a Chinese girl might work out. The reception was, 'No, not interested," because the woman would have to move to the United States from China," says one man.
For two young American men, the concept sounds like a no-brainer.
"We love it actually," said one of the men.
"Absolutely," said the other. "It feels like it takes the work out of it and gives it to our parents, so we can enjoy what’s on TV, grab a beer."