The men, from relatively developed areas of China, traveled many hours to join this cross-border transnational blind date organized by a matchmaking service.Here they will meet Russian women with whom they have previously chatted online, usually assisted by a translator.During the most recent trip organized by Chinese agent Golden Marriage in Vladivostok, a Russian city not far from Russia's borders with China, five of the 10 Chinese single men were matched successfully with a future spouse.
"The Russians living here have a lot of contact with the Chinese.
Due to the relatively slow economic development here, the willingness of the girls to marry abroad is stronger than elsewhere, because they appreciate Chinese men's merits, such as being considerate and family-oriented," the agent said.
More than a normal transnational dating tour, the agent has enriched the process of the "international marriage fair" with extras ranging from introducing bilateral intermarriage history to offering training sessions for Chinese and Russian etiquette to attendees.
Lin, owner of the Golden Marriage, upgraded his business to the level of national interest, asserting that his business "does not only benefit young singles of both countries, but also submits to the Belt and Road national strategy." "There is no form of cultural exchange more powerful and effective than intermarriage," he pitched to the public.
"The historical bond and geographical proximity China has with this Eastern Euro country contributes to the market," Lin interpreted.
"Moreover, as China has more marriageable men than women, encouraging Russian girls to marry into China can well alleviate the gender imbalance concern in China." Imbalanced gender ratio The Moskovskij Komsomolets, a Moscow-based daily newspaper, released an article titled "Russian men in shortage: Chinese group blind date tour in Russian" [English translation] to suggest that China's export of "leftover" bachelors appears to be a solution to the current imbalanced gender ratio in Russia.