Look for Love Online
    2011-02-15 13:33:49     CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: haodi
 

Dating websites in China are witnessing an expansion of memberships as singles sign up across the country, the China Economic Weekly reports.

By January, 2011, the registered members of three major inland dating websites amounted to more than 85 million, almost half of the unmarried men and women in the country, which is estimated to be 180 million.

Matchmaking websites enroll members, then gather and sell their information to make a profit, which means members have to pay to browse others' profiles and communicate with others.

About three million singles paid for to search online for their counterpart in 2010 alone, the report said.

"Compared to 2009, our operating income increased ten fold in the first quarter of 2010," said Tian Fanjiang, CEO of Baihe, a dating website. In 2010, Baihe took in more than six million new members and achieved online revenue of 100 million yuan (15.2 million U.S. dollars), up by 100 percent.

Young people's high expectation for mates, climbing divorce rate as well as gender imbalance in the country may contribute to the business opportunities at the marriage service market, the report says.

"We are still in the beginning stages," said Tian, adding his company will certainly see a higher growth rate in future with rising membership.

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