Love’s price tag: How much is your worth on China’s dating market

Alia | March 4th, 2012 - 6:48 am

With China said to be the most capitalist country in the world, it is not surprising that each and everything in the country has a price tag, even those who are hunting for love. The lists below for evaluating a person’s worth on the dating market are widely shared among young people on the internet. Though people don’t really take it seriously, it is a perfect opportunity to see what may or may not be important when looking for a partner in China.

From the list, cultural stereotypes of both genders are evident- while both men and women agree on some basic things for consideration such as height, weight, cooking skills, dating history, health and drinking habits, women receive a lot more scrutiny for appearance and virginity.  Take one particular point for instance, being dumped is a plus for men, but a minus for women. Along the same line, dumping other is a plus women, but minus for men.

Check and see whether you need to go or are worth keeping in the eyes of a Chinese  man/woman.

   How to calculate a man’s worth on dating market:

Base is 1000 yuan for all.

  • If height > 170 cm, for every 1 cm higher, + 100 yuan
  • If height < 170 cm, for every 1 cm shorter, – 100 yuan
  • If dances well, + 100 yuan
  • If sings well, + 100 yuan
  • If weight >70 kg, for every 5 kg heavier, – 100 yuan
  • If weight < 60 kg, for every 5 kg lighter, – 100 yuan
  • If near-sighted more than 300 diopters, for every 100 diopters higher, – 100 yuan
  • If has had girlfriends, for every time being dumped, + 100 yuan; for every time dumping others, - 100 yuan
  • If never had a girlfriend, + 100 yuan
  • If older than 25 years old, for every year older, – 100 yuan
  • If has history of serious or chronically illnesses, for every record, – 100 yuan
  • If doesn’t know how to play Ma Jiang, + 100 yuan
  • If doesn’t drink, + 100 yuan
  • If likes drinking, – 200 yuan
  • If likes smoking, – 200 yuan
  • If has a pet, + 100 yuan
  • If loves the idea of having a pet, + 50 yuan
  • If cooks well, + 300 yuan
  • If humorous, + 100 yuan
  • If willing to go shopping with you, + 100 yuan
  • If childish and stubborn, – 200 yuan
  • If always tells that he misses you, + 100 yuan
  • If likes taking you to friends’ gatherings, + 100 yuan
  • If cares about you, don’t let you drink or smoke, + 100 yuan
  • If doesn’t interfere with your personal life, + 100 yuan
  • If willing to dress in the way you like, + 100 yuan
  • If don’t know how to wash clothes by his own, – 200 yuan
  • If fights with you every day, – 200 yuan
  • If no matter whose fault it is, he always reach out to you first after a fight, + 100 yuan
  • If tugs you to sleep every day, + 100 yuan
  • If listens to what you tell him, + 100 yuan
  • If only listens to what you tell him, not others, + 200 yuan
  • If ever cries for you, + 100 yuan
  • If always makes you cry, – 100 yuan
  • If very considerate and buys things for you, + 200 yuan
  • If doesn’t act like a jerk in front of your friends, + 100 yuan
  • If romantic, + 100 yuan
  • If washes clothes for you, + 100 yuan
  • If mature and reliable, + 100 yuan
  • If seldom smiles when with you, – 200 yuan
  • If DIY gifts for you, + 100 yuan
  • If always tells you that you look ugly, – 200 yuan
  • If never shoots photo with you, – 200 yuan
  • If willing to tie shoe laces for you, + 200 yuan

Buyer instructions for women:

If your boyfriend scores:

  • Below 1500, break up with him immediately
  • Between 1500 and 2500, he is a OK boyfriend
  • Between 2500 and 3500, he is one of a kind
  • Above 3500, marry him as soon as you can

   How to calculate a woman’s worth on dating market:

Base is 1000 yuan for all.

  • If height > 168 cm, for every 1 cm higher, + 100 yuan
  • If height < 160 cm, for every 1 cm shorter, – 100 yuan
  • If has dimples, + 100 yuan
  • If has long hair, + 100 yuan
  • If dances well, + 100 yuan
  • If sings well, + 100 yuan
  • If wears weird clothes or make-ups, – 200 yuan
  • If of A – B cup, – 100 yuan
  • If of C – D cup, + 200 yuan
  • If weight > 55 kg, for every 5 kg heavier, – 100 yuan
  • If weight < 50 kg, for every 5 kg lighter, – 100 yuan
  • If near-sighted more than 300 diopters, for every 100 diopters higher, – 100 yuan
  • If has had boyfriends, for every time being dumped, – 100 yuan; for every time dumping others, + 100 yuan
  • If never had a boyfriend, + 100 yuan
  • If her first kiss is with you, + 300 yuan
  • If her first kiss isn’t with you, – 200 yuan
  • If a virgin before you, + 500 yuan
  • If not a virgin, – 400 yuan
  • If you are her first boyfriend, + 300 yuan
  • If older than 22 years old, for every year older, – 100 yuan
  • If has history of serious or chronically illnesses, for every record, – 100 yuan
  • If be able to swim, + 100 yuan
  • If doesn’t know how to play Ma Jiang, + 100 yuan
  • If doesn’t drink, + 100 yuan
  • If good at school, + 200 yuan
  • If respects the elderly, + 100 yuan
  • If be able to do needlework, + 100 yuan
  • If doesn’t go after money and willing to stay with you when you are poor, + 200 yuan
  • If likes drinking, – 200 yuan
  • If likes smoking, – 200 yuan
  • If likes swearing, – 300 yuan
  • If likes to dye her hair, – 100 yuan
  • If has a pet, + 100 yuan
  • If likes growing plants and flower, + 50 yuan
  • If likes kids, + 100 yuan
  • If cooks well, + 300 yuan
  • If gentle, amiable and polite, + 100 yuan
  • If childish, stubborn and has bad temper, – 200 yuan
  • If always tells that she misses you, + 100 yuan
  • If always talks about her feelings to you, + 100 yuan
  • If doesn’t mess with other guys, + 200 yuan
  • If cares about you, doesn’t let you drink or smoke and cares about your finances, + 100 yuan
  • If doesn’t interfere with your personal life, + 100 yuan
  • If always asks you to go shopping with her and asks you to pay, – 200 yuan
  • If likes to buy gifts or DIY gifts for you, + 100 yuan
  • If cares about you work or studies, + 200 yuan
  • If willing to dress in the way you like, + 100 yuan
  • If doesn’t do household chores, – 200 yuan
  • If complains about you in front of your friends, – 200 yuan
  • If always treats to break up with you, – 100 yuan
  • If fight with you for trivial stuff, – 200 yuan
  • If no matter whose fault it is, she always reach out to you first after a fight, + 100 yuan
  • If wants you to tug her to sleep every day, + 100 yuan
  • If calls you every day, + 100 yuan
  • If soft in front of you, + 100 yuan
  • If only listens to what you tell her, not others, + 200 yuan
  • If knows how to wear make-up, + 100 yuan
  • If washes clothes for you, + 100 yuan
  • If mature and reliable, + 100 yuan
  • If seldom smiles when with you, – 200 yuan
  • If asks you to skip school or work to accompany her, – 200 yuan
  • If falls classes at school, – 100 yuan
  • If DIY gifts for you, + 100 yuan
  • If always tells you that you look ugly, – 200 yuan
  • If never shoots photo with you, – 200 yuan
  • If flirts with other dudes, – 200 yuan

Buyer instructions for men:

If you girlfriend scores:

  • Below 1800, break up with her immediately
  • Between 2000 and 2800, she is a OK girlfriend
  • Between 2800 and 3500, she is one of a kind
  • Above 3500, marry her as soon as you can

 

Check charts below for original lists in Chinese:

 

 

 

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3 Responses to “Love’s price tag: How much is your worth on China’s dating market”

  1. Sophie says:

    I am currently writing an undergraduate thesis on this topic and was wondering if you had the original website that this came off of in Chinese? Thanks!!

  2. Sam Reeves says:

    This is does provide an interesting insight into Chinese girls expectations. I wouldn’t advise any man to change himself to fit it though.

    If you do all of that you become a ‘sheep husband,’ as they say… and no woman ends up finding that attractive, even though they’d say they would.

    I particularly liked the point for females calculating a mans worth where they linked together ‘considerate’ and ‘buys things for you’ (If very considerate and buys things for you, + 200 yuan). I must be quite inconsiderate most of the time.

    If I might be so bold I’d like to add my breakdown of the ‘Nan ren de/manly’ value scale that judges Chinese girls actual attraction to manly Chinese guys:

    . Drinks often and doesn’t come home until way past midnight, if at all, and with no good excuse +200 yuan

    . Loses lots of money playing Ma jiang , but doesn’t give a damn +200 yuan

    . Is often aggressive in public, and doesn’t take crap from anyone +100 yuan

    . Has other girls texting him and trying to phone him up all day +500 yuan

    . Earns lots of money but barely gives me any, further stimulating my competitive urges and attraction to him +100 yuan

    . Knows how to throw me on the bed just like in the movies +500 yuan

    . Is so stubborn I can never change him, although it makes me really, really want to, and adds to the attraction and prolonging of this dysfunctional relationship +250 yuan (er bai wu)

    For how to be un-manly and so therefor actually unattractive to a Chinese girl, just do the opposite of the above ‘positives’ from number 12 onwards.

    Great post buy the way.

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