Tuesday, 22 May 2012

The Price of Love

The Beatles sang that money can't buy you love, but in China it does.

In Guangzhou there are apparently 11 super rich men who are looking for the love of their lives and some 300 women are taking part in a contest to see if they have a chance to become Mrs. Rich.

A single men's club in the southern Chinese city picked the contestants from 2,800 applicants who had to undergo a rigorous screening process that included everything from psychological tests to face reading to plastic surgery exams to make sure the women did not enhance their looks, according to a report in the Yancheng Evening News.

The organizers hope to whittle them down and find the ones who meet the demanding criteria of these billionaires.

Apparently these super rich bachelors have at least 100 million RMB to their names, representing industries in clothing, property, finance and chemicals manufacturing. The richest one claims to be worth more than 10 billion RMB. The divorced entrepreneur in his 40s apparently offered the club 5 million RMB to help him find a wife who met his demands of age, weight, appearance -- and that she be a virgin.

Is that because he wants to be sure he won't catch sexually-transmitted diseases, or because he wants a naive girl?

Organizer Li Zhou told the newspaper the tycoons had to work harder to find their life partner otherwise they may end up having mistresses and children who are rebellious and spoiled.

"We are engaged in selecting excellent wives for entrepreneurs and high-quality mothers for the affluent second-generation in a professional way," Zhou said.

Face reading is considered a professional way of screening applicants?

Apparently the contestants are not just from the mainland, but also from as far away as Australia and Singapore with the age range of 19 to 56. Overseas passports could make those women more eligible than looks alone...

Meanwhile the club is offering 50,000 RMB to anyone who recommends a woman that the bachelor takes out on a date. If a relationship develops, the man promises the referee a 3 million RMB apartment. Cool deal, isn't it?

Wen He, a Guangzhou marriage consultant, felt the contest was a game for the rich, but wealth could not guarantee a happy marriage.

Meanwhile Professor Ji Yingchun, a sociologist on family studies at the University of North Carolina, said the contest revealed the commercialization of women and that as the fairer sex could not earn as much as men, they would try to reap financial rewards through marriage.

The obnoxiousness of this exercise and the response to it only shows that mainland Chinese are obsessed with money more than love and are willing to do whatever it takes to get what they think is the road to happiness.

Only in China.

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