Last year Chengdu’s economy grew 15.2 per cent while the city’s New Century Global Centre, a commercial and leisure complex that will reputedly be the world’s largest stand-alone building, is set to open later this year.The Mediterranean-themed complex will reportedly boast two luxury 1,000-room hotels, hot springs, a marine park and its own artificial beach.Phase two of the search will begin on July 20 when organisers start sifting through CVs and vetting the would-be husbands in a series of face-to-face meetings with relationship specialists and fortune-tellers in hotels around China.A shortlist of 100 men will be invited on an all-expenses-paid trip to Chengdu on August 23, China’s Valentines’ Day, for dinner dates with the 36 women, all aged between 28 and 49.Last month the People’s Daily newspaper warned that “social harmony and stability” could be threatened if millions of rural men were unable to find partners.
They want a good wife and a good mother but they don’t necessarily want a successful women because [they think she] will spend lots of time on business [but] not on the family.
Competition for a place at the table will be fierce.
Applicants must have a “minimum standard” of education and be the same age or older than the love-starved millionaires.
“I believe this is the first time [there has been such a scheme] only tailored for wealthy women,” Mr Du told The Daily Telegraph this week during a visit to Shanghai, one of the cities he is tapping for potential husbands.
Dating is big business in China, a country that is reputedly home to some 180 million single people.