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Singles' Day mirrors diverse values among young Chinese

11-11-2012 19:57 BJT

BEIJING, Nov. 11 (Xinhua) -- Zuo Peng did not want to spend this "strange" day alone.

"All my friends are here. We will have a wonderful time today," said the 26-year-old man in his rented house in Beijing. Zuo invited his close friends for dinner.

"I just do not want to spend this strange day by myself," explained Zuo, who is single.

The strange day he mentioned refers to Singles' Day, which falls on November 11. Singles' Day in China got its name from the four "1"s that make up the date. The digits look like four bare sticks, which sounds similar to the Chinese word "guanggun," or "bachelor."

"I am too busy for Singles' Day," said Xue Yan, who works as an interpreter for a state-owned company in Beijing. Xue, nearly 30 years old, said her parents are anxious for her to marry.

Xue said she sometimes feels very lonely and wants to get married. But she has not found her Mr. Right.

"I will not get married in a hurry, just for household duties, nor will I have a baby in the future," she said.

With pressures of living in big cities, more youths like Xue choose their own way of life instead of the traditional model of getting married at an early age and having babies.

"Currently, to pursue personal happiness occupies an increasingly important position in the hearts of young people. Thus, the traditional idea of marriage for offspring becomes less popular," said Zhou Xiaopeng, an expert with, a popular matchmaking website in China.

In a diversified society, people should have more freedom in choosing their way of life, Zhou added.

"It is an embarrassing thing for me to spend Singles' Day alone, as many of my classmates are married," said Dai Jun, 28, who works in an advertising company in Taiyuan, capital of north Shanxi Province.

Dai has registered himself for match-making functions.

"I've been to several functions, but girls seemed to be more interested in my career and income," said Dai. "But I own no car or house."

Editor:Zhou Minxi |Source: Xinhua

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