Cooperation for marriage dating agency
"It is less common among my friends", said Chen, 25, who has spent five years in Russia and has a Russian girlfriend, "Russian girls at our university actually rate European men higher than Chinese men."Nevertheless the couple has been in a relationship for nearly three years.
His girlfriend was repeatedly asked by her Russian friends the reason she chose Chinese over others, whereas Chen's Chinese friends, who regard Russia and Ukraine as a "land of beauties," "feel nothing more than envy and blessing."Some agents admit that only brides from less economically developed areas of Russia or Ukraine can be a "hot import" to China."We usually send our Chinese clients to small Russian cities in the far eastern area, because it is economically less developed.
The Siberian Times reports that cities such as Blagoveshchensk, opposite the Chinese city of Heihe, Heilongjiang Province, have seen an upsurge in cross-border marriages.
Singles' tours for upscale Chinese businessmen to Russia are a fairly new and evidently popular trend, matching lonely hearts with beauties from the former Soviet Union.
Regardless of the actual success rate, which is yet to be confirmed, the high expectation of those clients comes with high price tags.
Deep-pocketed bachelors have to pay 29,800 yuan (,683) for a typical six-day trip to Vladivostok to meet Russian women, according to Golden Marriage.
Tatyana, a Russian woman who owned a China-based dating agency, revealed to the Global Times that illegal agents even pay "Russian brides" to scam those men who crave exotic women during the so-called singles' tours.
Stereotypes remain It is not the first time the media has highlighted the phenomenon of Chinese men marrying Russian women as a solution to China's "leftover men" issue."Chinese Husband Russian Wife = The Perfect Combination" - an advert sponsored by China Radio International in Russian newspaper Rossiyskaya Gazeta, sparked controversy among Russians for eulogizing Chinese men's diligence, caring, loving and sensitivity, of which Russian men are reportedly lacking partly due to their macho culture.
Such tours, however, drew wide criticism on Chinese social media and were accused of human trafficking as "a fancy international prostitution ring.""In the name of helping 'elite single men' get a successful transnational marriage, such transactions materialize Russian women and abuse the pure relationship," read one comment on Chinese social media Sina Weibo.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.As China and Russia usher in a sub-national cooperation exchange, the two countries are also extending their cooperation to nongovernmental levels and deepening their friendship through facilitating the folk friendship. With Chinese ambassador to Russia Li Hui's public speech early this month highlighting that China and Russia are stepping into a new era, more Chinese agencies are turning to the dating interests of Chinese men seeking attractive Russian women.Though the trend of Russian women marrying Chinese men may indicate a new phenomenon, many Chinese students who have experience living in Russia say that it is still in a fledgling stage and not yet widespread.
A few dating agents told the Global Times that the proportion of Russian women who have the intention of marring Chinese men remains very small.
Feng Fan, a Chinese woman who spent three years in Russia, feels like "it is more typical to see the intermarriage combination formula of a male from a developed country with a female from a less developed one."She suggests that China's economic boom in recent decades makes many Chinese women less willing to marry Russian men.