There are legendary stories of ancient heroines selecting
their hubbies through kung fu contests. But unlike what had
happened with the story of Robin Hood in which the men fought
each other, in the Chinese version, the men have to fight
against the bride-to-be.
A kung fu hubby selecting story told by a
famous Beijing Opera:
Love Through the Iron Bow (铁弓缘 )
Now the heroines have returned. On the Chinese valentine’s
Day (July 31), two young women from an all-girl lion dance
troop publicly challenged kung
fu bachelors all over the China to a fight, and promised
to marry the ones who can beat them. More than a hundred
men responded immediately, and among them five "top
kung fu masters" formally declared their intention to
enter the contest. The things started getting hot, and everyone
craned his or her neck waiting for this grand reality show
to play out. Then, like what had happened in the case of Cowherd
Boy and Weaver Girl, a matckbreaker appeared.
The daddy of one girl was so upset with the open auction
of his daughter’s marriage, and repeatedly ordered her to
return home. She eventually gave up and withdrew the deal.
Now the contest is put on hold, so are the romantic dreams
of the one hundred plus men.
According to the figures recently disclosed by China’s Internet
info centre, by the end of June, the number of total Internet
users in China has reached 123 million, a 19.4 percent increase
from last year.
Since 1998 the Internet has gradually become a major method
of communication and socialising for a large proportion of
Chinese. Study shows that 80% people give the Internet
matchmaker a positive nod, with thirty percent say they
are considering to use the service.
Chinese Cities Are Under Siege by
Environmental experts in China claim that more than 400
Chinese cities with 562 million inhabitants are under siege
by rubbish. Currently China has 668 cities, which means 2
thirds are surrounded by dumping ground.
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