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Don't give up on your happily ever after

By Greg Fountain | China Daily | Updated: 2017-11-15 07:14

A growing number of young Chinese are declining to tie the knot these days, opting instead to focus on their careers or even cohabit without ever going through the nuptials.

A survey conducted during the summer by the Center for Population and Development Policy Studies in Shanghai found that nearly one-in-five men and one-in-eight women born between 1980 and 1989 have never married.

Figures released recently by the Ministry of Civil Affairs reflect this, with marriage rates trending downward from a peak of 9.92 per 1,000 people in 2012, while the number of divorces per 1,000 doubled in the decade through to last year.

Don't give up on your happily ever after

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