Report: 'Naked Wedding' Era Fades, Property Becoming Precondition for Marriage

August 7, 2017
By Huashang NewsEditor: Penny Huang
Report: 'Naked Wedding' Era Fades, Property Becoming Precondition for Marriage
According to a recent report, the so-called "naked wedding" trend, which refers to a marriage between two people who marry without purchasing a house or car, has faded in recent years. [File Photo]

 

According to a recent marriage survey, most Chinese couples nowadays regard "having their own apartment" as a precondition for marriage despite the high housing prices.

The report, jointly conducted by dating website Jiayuan.com and real estate broker Lianjia, indicated that the so-called "naked wedding" trend, which refers to a marriage between two people who marry for love without purchasing a house or car, has faded in recent years.

Specifically, about 57 percent of single women cited "owning an apartment" as a priority for marriage, 16 percent higher than the proportion of men who held the same view.

In particular, the percentage of women who are the only child in their family was 68 percent.

Regarding the situation where women provided a property for the wedding instead of the man, some 52 percent of single women surveyed firmly refused while the proportion of men saying "no" was 18 percent, many citing that they prefer not to "feel dependent on their wife".

Some 69 percent of single women believed their ideal husband should own an apartment before marriage. In addition, for single women, if their husbands have bought a flat before marriage, 14 percent of them said they would make it a requirement to get their own names on the property ownership certificate.

While only about 10 percent said they could accept living in a rental flat after getting married, more than half of women surveyed refused the option due to the lack of security.

According to the survey, about 67 percent of couples broke up if they were unable to afford an apartment in Zhengzhou, capital of central China's Henan province, followed by Shanghai (64 percent) and Tianjin (63 percent).

In terms of property size, data from Lianjia Research Institute indicated that over half of singles polled regarded a three-bedroom apartment of 90-120 square meters as their ideal marriage home while actually, more people would choose smaller flats with areas between 60-90 square meters due to the high housing price.

Zhang Jiarui, a relationship expert, said that many modern single women have misguided notions on love and marriage. She argued that a naked wedding is not worth promoting – whilst having shared values, love and harmonious personalities play a more vital role in marriages.

(Source: Huashang News/ Translated and edited by Women of China)

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