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(People's Daily Online) Da’anliu village, in Hubei Province, recently introduced a measure stating that whomever offered a bride price valued at 20,000 yuan or more, would face accusations of human trafficking.

The regulation has since been reduced to “suggestion” status and is not a law as the village’s ruling committee does not have legislative power. However, discussions emerged online and people considered the move as a first step toward eradicating this age-old custom.


Most of the villagers in Da’anliu make a living growing pears. The average annual income is roughly 20,000 yuan ($3,200). Surprisingly, local bride prices have exceeded 200,000 yuan, experiencing upward movement at 20,000 yuan each year.


In less developed areas like Guizhou Province, bride price rates are roughly 88,000 yuan ($13,000) plus three pieces of gold jewelry (earrings, necklace and a ring). In Shaanxi Province, expectations start at 100,000 yuan and three pieces of gold jewelry.


Zhao Qingjie, an ethics professor at China University of Political Science and Law said, “People are anxious about their future and that anxiety is transferred to the acquirement of promises before marriage, such as the ‘bride price’ or real estate.”


As Zhao explained, this phenomenon is a result of “over-materialism” and the extreme disparity that exists today between rich and poor.


Patriarchal traditions in rural parts of the country continue to play a role as it still a common belief that women are dependent on men.


China has a long way to go before society can rid itself of the bride price custom, Zhang said. For now, he suggests that people find a partner they truly love and have no interest in commercializing marriage.

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Post time 2018-8-7 13:28:19 |Display all floors
Yes, this is a rip-off, most African countries you can pick up a bride for 4 cows and 5kg marijuana
Human lives mean little when those in the WEST see a bigger gain through war

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Post time 2018-8-7 14:06:05 |Display all floors
Chinese mothers sell their daughters off to the highest bidder!  This practice will never be eradicated as long as mothers treat their daughters a commodity, to be auctioned off to recoup her twenty odd years of investments!

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Yes, this is a rip-off, most African countries you can pick up a bride for 4 cows and 5kg marijuana; ...

That's not as bad as in India, where the bride's family has to pay a high dowry to the groom's family!  That is why in India, parents prefer sons to daughters!

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Post time 2018-8-7 16:44:11 |Display all floors
pnp Post time: 2018-8-7 14:06
Chinese mothers sell their daughters off to the highest bidder!  This practice will never be eradica ...

sadly some Chinese women also think of themselves and prospective partners more in monetary terms than in compatibility and value terms.

(cue knee-jerk response that ALL women are money wh***s)

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BlondeAmber Post time: 2018-8-7 16:44
sadly some Chinese women also think of themselves and prospective partners more in monetary terms  ...

Fully agree with your view!
Ancient Chinese saying goes that the bride with blessing from heaven could turn her groom from a beggar to an emperor!
The reverse holds similar truth!

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GhostBuster Post time: 2018-8-7 17:18
Fully agree with your view!
Ancient Chinese saying goes that the bride with blessing from heaven c ...

i could say that some Chinese women (and men) have been taught to think of prospective partners purely in monetary terms, or obsess about having a handsome/beautiful partner)

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