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A romantic encounter of brains & hearts

By ZHANG LEI | China Daily | Updated: 2021-03-27 09:57
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Blind-date encounters catering to the well educated have long existed. For many girls, academic background is crucial and a basic threshold for their future boyfriend or husband. [Photo provided to China Daily]

"It's more like an interview," Su says. "The six guests at the table take turns acting as candidates and interviewers. The male guest first presents his number, then introduces his educational background, professional experience and finally his hobbies, usually tennis and swimming, sports that are good for your health."

The remaining five people at the table pick up the form and amidst the clatter of the paper turning, they tactfully glance at a man's school and career details.

Of the 200 participants, 90 percent have a master's degree or a doctorate, Su says. The guests are all 985 college graduates, or they have a degree from the universities ranked in the top 100 in the world.

The high-end participants are more reflected in the industry they are engaged in. Nearly half the guests work in finance. Most male guests work in the internet and consulting industries, as well as State-owned enterprises and government agencies, and most females work in universities, scientific research institutes or hospitals.

Su, after introducing herself and highlighting her assets-but in an understated way-stops talking and says later that she often wonders how participants in TV dating shows can drone on about one subject for so long. In contrast with her taciturn approach, the three male guests make no attempt to disguise their admiration and interest in her working for a State-owned company.

When Su asks a few questions about a male guest's experience with relationships, he seems to take offense, and the rest of the group appears to be embarrassed.

Su says she through school dedicated to study and always obtained high marks, but relationships are essentially untested waters for her, so a blind date platform with high standards may be one of the few viable venues for her to meet her ideal man. Academic background is crucial and a basic threshold for her future boyfriend or husband, she says.

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