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Men said they wanted a "kind-hearted" wife, not too beautiful and flighty, but modest and homely.
The "minimum requirement" for the women meanwhile was straight-forward: a man with his own house, and preferably also a car.
Thames Town, a replica English village in a suburb of Shanghai, with its own cathedral, red telephone boxes, and bronze statue of Pierce Brosnan as James Bond, was picked to be the venue because of its "air of romance".
The attendees, meanwhile, had some very rigid ideas about what they were looking for.
In a society that is increasingly living life on the Internet, online services are poised to capitalize on the looming scarcity of love matches.
A 2,000 yuan (0) deposit gets members six months of individualized attention from one of the company's 400 matchmakers who work in a call center in the city of Shenzhen.
The matchmakers advise men and women on how to tweak their profiles, what to wear to dinner, even how to fix their hair based on a large database of empirical evidence collected from members who were -- and were not -- asked out on a second date.
"The queues have been so long that some people threatened to lodge a complaint to the mayor of Shanghai," Shu Xin said.
At least a third of the attendees were parents, either chaperoning their children, acting as go-betweens for the more bashful, or brokering deals with other parents for arranged romances.