Men wait for women on a bridge during a blind date party in Shanghai November 12, 2011. The blind date party was held a day after November 11, 2011, or Super Bachelors Day which has six 1s in the date. The event, aimed at providing chances for the unmarried under the age of 35, has attracted about 10,000 single young people to participate, local media reported. REUTERS/Aly Song (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY) - RTR2TX11

Many Chinese men are learning that they simply can’t afford a wife.

“It’s the 18th year that Yang Ruiqing has been trying to find a wife,” says the narration in a news segment by Shanghai-based news agency Kankan. Since it aired on Valentine’s Day, the video has gained more than 5 million views (video in Chinese) online. The 40-year-old, who lives in Ning county, one of China’s poorest villages (link in Chinese) in the northwestern Gansu province, is one among millions of China’s “leftover men” competing, often with money, for a wife.

Yang Ruiqing, at his 40s, has been searching for a match for the past 18 years.

Yang Ruiqing has been searching for a match for 18 years.

China has one of the starkest gender imbalances in the world, a result of a cultural preference for boys and the country’s decades-long one-child policy. In 2016, the country had 30 million more men (link in Chinese) than women….


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