PERSONAL NOTE: Two reports, one from Business Insider Deutschland, the other from Mail Online (British)…started in 2017, the train authority and the China Youth League organise this annual event to bring young people together, hoping they will find a future partner…hm! Why not? Young people today find little time for romance or love…their working hours make such romance almost difficult for most young people…this is a good thing for China…I hope it will spread throughout China, not just in Sichuan Province! Peace, steve, usa August 29, 2019 firstname.lastname@example.org blog – https://getting2knowyou-china.com
China is sending young single people on an overnight ‘Love Train’ in a bid to tackle its sex problem – Asiaone.com
Sophia Ankel and Franziska Heck,
Business Insider Deutschland
China is currently experiencing its lowest marriage rate in 11 years. Getty
• In a bid to tackle its sex problem, China’s “Love-Pursuit” train brings young men and women together on a two-day journey to play ice-breakers and get to know each other.
• Since its launch three years ago, the matchmaking train has set up a platform for over 3,000 young single people to find love.
• Since abolishing its one-child policy in 2015, the country has been struggling not only with an imbalance of sexes but also a lack of interest in marriage for young women.
• So far, the matchmaking train has been quite successful, with theChina Daily reporting that 10 marriages have resulted from it, as well as hundreds of other relationships.
In a country like China, where there are 30 million more males than females and women no longer seek to get married the way they used to, finding the right partner is not always easy.
With over 200 million singletons, young people need to find new ways to meet people — and a literal overnight “Love Train” might be the answer to this problem.
In the southwestern provinces of Sichuan and Chongqing, the “Y999” train, also known as the “Love-Pursuit” train is designed to help young women and men fall in love. As the China Daily reports, the project began three years ago and has already transported thousands of single people on its three journeys to date.
With the aim of finding a romantic relationship, 1,000 single people took part in the trip again this year on August 10. The train departed from Chongqing North station and after a two-day journey with an overnight stay, the passengers arrived — expectantly fresh in love — in Qianjiang.
Ice-breakers and fun activities during the train ride are meant to help passengers get to know each other better and get the chemistry flowing.
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“These activities are more creative than matchmaking. The train is like a bridge, bringing people from different places together, to get to know each other during the journey,” said Huang Song, one of the participants on the Love-Pursuit Train. “Even if you don’t find the right one for you, you can still make a lot of friends on the train.”
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While the Communist Party of China’s youth league has backed this project, it has also adopted more radical approaches to fixing it’s coupling problem, including “morality-schools” for women to counteract the declining birth rate. In 2015 the government announced the end of its decades-long one-child-only policy after concerns that a marriageless and childless society could lead to the downfall of the People’s Republic.
Young men, in particular, are experiencing this problem. In the more rural regions of the country, entire villages are inhabited only by bachelors and their parents, while women often move to large cities, in the hopes of finding a wealthier man. Many women also decide to stay single, focusing instead on making a career and leading an independent life.
According to the China Daily, the love train is working — so far, the two-day train trip has brought together hundreds of people and 10 couples have even gotten married.
And if people don’t find their perfect match, it is not a total train wreck — the very least the trip offers is a very good opportunity to make new friends.
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Second Report, from Mail Online, August 28, 2019
All aboard the ‘love train’! China sends more than 1,000 young single people on an overnight rail journey to help them find their other half
• Unique match-making trip was organised by the railway authority and the Communist Youth League
• The 10-carriage ‘Love-Pursuit Train’ took hundreds of people on a two-day one-night outing last week
• 10 couples have got married after finding each other on the train since the service was launched in 2017
• One woman said she met a passenger who shared her values and they had agreed to start a relationship
By TRACY YOU FOR MAILONLINE
PUBLISHED: 12:27 EDT, 28 August 2019
Some say love is a journey. And in China, a special train service has been designed to take the country’s 200 million single people to a destination called amour.
More than 1,000 young men and women embarked on a romantic overnight trip last week, hoping to find their Mr and Mrs Right among like-minded fellow travellers.
The 10-carriage train, known as the Y999 ‘Love-Pursuit Train’, was launched three years ago as a creative platform for young people to meet.
One female passenger on China’s ‘love train’ gives a hand sign of a heart during the two-day one-night match-making journey
More than 1,000 young people, including 70 railway workers, took part in the special adventure last week from Chongqing
The journey’s organisers designed various games to help the participants get to know each other on the 10-carriage train
More than 3,000 youngsters have ridden the train on its three annual trips and 10 couples have got married after finding each other on the rail service.
The latest edition left the Chongqing North Station on Wednesday for a two-day one-night outing, bringing hundreds of love hopefuls, including 70 people who work for the Chengdu Railway Bureau.
The creative match-making service was initiated by the railway authority of Chengdu together with the Communist Youth League of Chongqing.
One female passengers of the Y999 ‘Love-Pursuit Train’ prays for good fortune during the romance-seeking overnight trip
The train from the Chongqing North Station to Qianjiang is the third match-making journey authorities have organised
Four single young people enjoy a meal together during the memorable trip orgaised by the railway authority of Chengdu
The journey’s organisers designed various games and dining options to help the participants get to know each other.
The passengers were also invited to stop over at an ancient water town, called Zhuo Shui, where they watched traditional performance and enjoyed a 1,000-people banquet.
Through the unique adventure, one woman known as Yang Huan said she already found a boyfriend.
‘We only got to know each other on the return trip and realised we had matching values,’ she told youth.cn, a news website affiliated to the Communist Youth League of China.
She added: ‘We realised that we both wanted the kind of love that is depicted in poem “To the Oak Tree” when both sides admire each other but remain independent.
‘We enjoyed being together. [It felt] nature, easy and not coy.’
A conductor organises a curtain before the ‘love train’ departs from Chongqing, carrying hundreds of single men and women
A conductor distributes lunch boxes among passengers who have signed up for the trip in hope of finding their other half
Participants enjoy a 1,000-people banquet during a stopover at an ancient water town during the overnight journey
Miss Yang said she and her new boyfriend were looking forward to improving themselves while complementing each other through a relationship.
It can be hard for young people to find love in China.
To start with, the country has a huge gender gap.
It has been estimated that some 30 million Chinese men would be wifeless over the next 30 years. The phenomenon is caused by the one-child policy, which was abolished in 2016.
Being allowed to have just one child meant that many couples decided to abort their unborn girl in order for a chance to have a boy.
On the other hand, soaring living cost and pressure mean that many young people would rather stay unmarried.
According to latest statistics, China’s marriage rate hit a decade low last year. Only 7.2 people out of every 1,000 got hitched in the country in 2018.
What is China’s one-child policy?
A young Chinese mother watches her child in front of a sign reading ‘birth control is a basic state policy of our country’ in Beijing on July 23, 2002
A mandatory one-child rule was launched in late 1970s by Beijing when China’s population was fast increasing – due to a post-war baby boom encouraged by Chairman Mao.
It was said the one-child policy was aimed at keeping the Chinese population under 1.2 billion at the end of the 20th century.
The ruthless policy was strictly enforced in urban areas. If a woman was pregnant with her second child, she would be asked to abort it.
If the couple decided to keep it, a fine would be applied – usually three times the family’s annual income.
Selective demographics in the country, such as rural residents and minority groups, however, were not bound by the policy.