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  • PROFESSIONAL CUPID: A volunteer offering a free matchmaking service attracts parents' eyes at the dating corner in Renmin Park in Shanghai on November 20 (NIU YIXIN)
  • SAME TOPIC: Mothers show their kids' profiles (NIU YIXIN)
  • ONE FOR MORE: Matchmaking agencies provide parents with more information about young registered singles (NIU YIXIN)
  • FIRST IMPRESSION: Parents exchange kids' photographs (NIU YIXIN)
  • FINDING THE ONE: Parents make a choice before the information spot (NIU YIXIN)
  • TAKE A BREAK: A father rests behind rows of leaflets featuring profiles of young singles (NIU YIXIN)
  • SPEED MATCHING: An agent shares information with parents on August 27 (NIU YIXIN)

In downtown Shanghai's Renmin Park, a dating corner has served local residents for more than a decade.

Previously, young singles would mingle on weekends, but more recently, hundreds of parents head to the corner to seek a partner for their son or daughter. They exchange kids' photos, post profile leaflets, and ask matchmaking agencies for help.

Today, many young people find it difficult to find their Mr. or Ms. Right due to the pressures of work and a lack of spare time for socializing, especially in some major cities. Upon meeting someone, great consideration is given to the potential partner's material conditions, such as housing, profession and income.

To prevent young people from hesitating until marriageble age has passed, concerned parents take action as "dating representatives."

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