“Hong Kong women are highly qualified and independent, but the marriage norm of men marrying down and women marrying up has remained largely intact.
So some men may be unable to find a local wife due to their comparative socioeconomic disadvantages.
But in Hong Kong, the problem is less a question of age but a shortage of men: The sex ratio currently stands at 876 men for every 1,000 women, a gap predicted to widen to 700 by 2036.
“With so many more women than men in Hong Kong, older men can easily find younger women as their other halves,” says 26-year-old Janice, a public relations adviser.
“It means that men can focus on their career while they're young, and then find their other half at around 30 while women have to worry about focusing on their career and finding love simultaneously.”50 years ago, Hong Kong’s gender ratio was relatively level, but in the past decade, a steady flow of female migrants from the Philippines and Indonesia, seeking work as domestic helpers, have arrived in the territory, and there are now 300,000 of these women registered in Hong Kong.
“As things stand, if the marriage norm does not change, the gender skew will deteriorate further,” she says.
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“But in contemporary Hong Kong society, there’s an expectation for marriages to be based on love and romance.
So if the man’s merely hard working, that may not be enough.Says Deutsche Bank: “Our advice to those in Zurich is either to marry young or choose your blind dates carefully as our ‘cheap date’ index continues to see Zurich as the most expensive place for courtship.” First, the strong US dollar makes Hong Kong, whose currency is pegged to the greenback, relatively more expensive than other European and Asian cities.The biggest culprit, though, is the soaring price of property in the city, which affects everything from food and drinks to entertainment, as rent is one of the biggest components of a business establishment’s operating cost.China’s just-loosened one-child policy has warped the country’s gender ratio over the past 34 years to the extent that by 2020 there may be almost 24 million men unable to find a partner.But in the special administrative region of Hong Kong, a jurisdiction not subject to the mainland’s laws, the landscape is startlingly different.This is a recognized sign of beauty throughout Asia, where double eyelids occur naturally in around 50 percent of the population.27-year-old accountant Laura recently underwent her first liposuction procedure at the Life Clinic, one of the biggest centers in the city, and is planning a second early next year.