(14 Feb 2012) SHOTLIST :
Beijing - 12 February, 2012
1. Matchmaker Lu Shan pointing at photos on wall of couples she has introduced
2. Various close ups of photos of couples
3. SOUNDBITE (Mandarin) Lu Shan, Matchmaker :
"Parents always care about children most. They love their children and worry so much about them. If a girl is 30 or a boy is more than 30 but not married, their parents are willing to try every means they can for them. Thus parents matchmaking parties in parks have been created. But those matchmaking activities are hardly successful. Imagine a mother or father holding an advertisement for their children, it's like parents are dating for their children. How can that become successful? The size of these parties are shrinking. They were really popular but shrank."
4. Wide of Lu Shan introducing man and woman at small match making event
5. Close of woman
6. Mid of couple sitting on sofa
7. Close of man
8. Various of couple talking
9. Close of wedding magazine on table
10. SOUNDBITE (Mandarin) Fiona Yu, Translator and single woman :
"It also has something to do with my work. Because there is a lot of pressure from work, I seldom have any time to focus on finding a suitable boyfriend. Most women want a happy marriage. We all keep this in mind but don't spend much time to achieve it, neither do I have many opportunities. That's why I come here, to look for more opportunities."
11. Lu Shen coming into room, sitting between couple
Beijing - 13 February, 2012
12. Wide of Temple at Zhongshan Park
13. People walking in park
14. Various of crowd of parents match making in park
15. Close of parent writing down phone number of potential partner for daughter
16. Set up of single woman Sofie Fei reading at home
17. SOUNDBITE (Mandarin) Sofie Sun, Entrepreneur and single woman :
"The reason I am still single is because I find it so difficult to find a man who you love and hold the same value in this society. The requirements between men and woman are quite different. For many well-educated man, especially Chinese men, their requirements for woman stay the same: young, pretty, meek, respectful to parents. Those are very traditional standards for a marriage. But for woman who have had the same education, they still consider those things as good virtues, but not the most important part of a marriage."
18. Various of Sofie looking at computer
19. Close of computer screen with Valentine's Day notices
20. Various of couple during matchmaking session at Lu Shan's
LEAD IN :
Millions of young people in China are on the hunt for Mr or Miss Right.
They use a variety of means - from technological to traditional - to meet their one true love.
China has millions of unmarried young people, so many so that they even have a name. They are known as the "Leftover Generation".
According to the Chinese Women's Federation unmarried women over the age of 27 and men over the age of 30 are part of this ever increasing group.
The broad social changes in China accompanied by rapid economic development has meant that the expectations for marriage have also changed.
The Chinese Women's Federation say on average a single woman seeking a suitor expects her husband to own a house, car, and have a well paid job.
Those who have not found their one true love are using a variety of means to track them down.
Some use the internet, other rely on friends and family for their introductions and there are even meetings held in local parks for parents to meet other parents in the hope of finding suitable partners for their children.
The demand placed on young people to find love and to marry has caused matchmaking businesses to boom.
Lu Shan runs an introduction service and marriage studio for lonely hearts in Beijing.
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