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Spring Festival holiday a fairy week for matchmakers
Updated: 2015-03-11

Women matchmakers in Fuzhou, provincial capital of Fujian province, were able to earn tens of thousands of yuan during the 7-day Spring Festival holiday, according to local news reported on March 10.

The matchmakers, mostly middle and old aged women, first collected information from single men and women who seek their 'significant other' and then helped arrange blind dates during the Spring Festival.

"Some of the matchmakers are professional and hold workshops, but most are amateurs, who only care about the reward, money," said Liu, a 28-year-old single girl.

"I have met more than ten men arranged by matchmakers during the vacation and, therefore, happened to learn more about match-making profession,” Liu said.

"Normally, the matchmaker can get a bonus, about 10 percent of the 'bride price'," she said.

Nowadays in Fuzhou, the bride-price is at least 100,000 yuan ($16,000) which means if the date is successful, the matchmaker can get 10,000 yuan, Liu emphasized, adding, "Some of them do not need to work for the rest of the year."

By China Daily Fujian Bureau