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Post time 2010-6-22 10:15:34 |Display all floors
I am so furious that on the one hand females ask for the gender-equaility, but on the other hand, females require males assume the prior responsiblity to buy a house for a matrimony.  
I don't know why the chinese female youth has become really hard-boiled gold-diggers.
House boom is no the radical reason, but the females' mercenary thought

By David Pierson, Los Angeles Times

Many women won't marry a man who doesn't own a home. This recent shift, along with soaring real estate prices, has created a woefully frustrated class of bachelors.

Mike Zhang considered himself serious boyfriend material. He knew what to order at an Italian restaurant. He could mix a tasty margarita. And he always volunteered to carry his girlfriend's handbag.

Then came the deal breaker. Zhang, a 28-year-old language tutor and interpreter, couldn't afford an apartment in the capital's scorching property market.

Rather than waste any more time, his girlfriend of more than two years dumped him.

Zhang's misfortune is not uncommon. China's housing boom has created a woefully frustrated class of bachelors.

Home prices in major cities including Beijing and Shanghai have easily doubled over the last year as families and investors rush to grab a piece of the Chinese dream. A typical 1,000-square-foot, two-bedroom, one-bath apartment in the capital now costs about $274,000. That's 22 times the average annual income of a Beijing resident.

Unlike in the United States, where home buying traditionally takes place after marriage, owning a place in China has recently become a prerequisite for tying the knot. Experts said securing an apartment in this market signals that a man is successful, family-oriented and able to weather challenging financial circumstances. Put succinctly, homeownership has become the ultimate symbol of virility in today's China.

Not everyone has rich parents who can help you buy an apartment," said Chen Kechun, a 25-year-old Beijing native whose relationship disintegrated after his six-month search for an affordable home proved fruitless. "I learned that if a girl decides to marry you, you better have a strong financial foundation."

Growing male frustrations have given rise to a new female archetype: the bai jin nu, or gold-digger.

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Post time 2010-6-22 12:21:05 |Display all floors
Does a young lady prefer an old guy who has his own house to a young one who has only youth & vitality?

It's so controversial?

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Post time 2010-6-23 01:47:23 |Display all floors
Originally posted by hardluck2008 at 2010-6-22 12:21
Does a young lady prefer an old guy who has his own house to a young one who has only youth & vitality?

It's so controversial?

It is controversial and it's about time that young ladies in China realise the huge burden they expect their prospective husband (and families) to endure. Being a couple means being together and doing things together. I'd think that this should also include buying the house too. If not, the wife has no right to "claim" any of it when/if a divorce occurs which is fair. Ladies, many of the traditions in China are excellent, but this one can be dumped as being outdated and way to sexist, discriminatory and not in the sprit of doing things as a couple.

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Post time 2010-6-23 02:06:57 |Display all floors

mis analyze mis translate...

it means when you're ready to get marry with a young lassie of your dream you must ready to have some down payment for your future crib not just rentin it for the rest of your lives...and not ev'rybody is a real estate tycoon  

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