Lots of brollies were placed on both sides of the street in People’s Park, but what are they for?
Well, if you take a closer look, there are paper cards pasted on each umbrella there, providing information like one’s gender, age, and occupation.
Yes, it’s blind date!
Shanghai Marriage Market has a history of over 10 years, and was first formed by parents of unmarried adults wanting to find a partner for their son or daughter. It gradually became famous and was nicknamed the “blind date corner” by Chinese people.
But if you’re looking for a bride, don’t expect to meet her there. It’s the parents who gather there looking for a partner for their unmarried child, and doing the trading in this market.
Apparently these parents didn’t have a break even during Chinese New Year. Besides, there are also many curious tourists, filling the park with noise and excitement.
One parent said: “The crowds have filled the streets since Spring Festival began. It’s a holiday anyway. My child went back home so it’s the perfect time to arrange intensive blind dates from them all,” according to qq.com.