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We've come for your women: Chinese men seek Siberian brides

By Olga Gertcyk
11 October 2016

Singles' tours for well-to-do men who crave women with 'white skin and blue eyes'.

'Initially men want to see brides with white skin and blue eyes'. Picture: OSD Centre

At first sight, it looks like a rather formal business meeting but this session in Novosibirsk is a get-to-known-you session between men from China and Russian women. 

There were supposed to be eight 'bachelors', but only five made it to Novosibirsk after three found brides in their previous love tour stopover in Khabarovsk. 

Here in the Puppen House restaurant, drinking tea, the men - aged between 25 and 46 and from Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong, and Shenzhen - talked with the aid of  interpreters over their views on marriage and the family. 

Elena Suvorova, head of marriage agency OSD Centre, which operates in a number of Siberian cities, explained that in China there is an imbalance in the sexes, with far more men than women. In Russia the situation is opposite. 

'For them, a Russian woman is like a present,' she said. 'Men want to get married, and are committed for serious relationships.

'All the girls who we invited are under 35 years old. Initially men want to see brides with white skin and blue eyes - funnily enough, though, last year the girls who got into a relationship were brunettes with brown eyes.'

We've come for your women: Chinese men seek Siberian brides

We've come for your women: Chinese men seek Siberian brides
'Initially men want to see brides with white skin and blue eyes'. Picture: OSD Centre

Suvorova praised Chinese men and their attitude to women.  

'Chinese men treat women with respect,' she said. 'It is important for them that the woman is moderate, natural, calm, smiling, and not competing with the man.'

The men are 'all quite successful'.

She said: 'Last year we organised the first singles' tour when Chinese men visited [Novosibirsk]. 

'There were six men and 25 girls. After a meeting in Novosibirsk, there were two couples. And three couples after a stopover in Krasnoyarsk.'

In China there are around 34 million more men than women. 

'With 120 men for every 100 women, China's Bridget Joneses are now male, and increasingly desperate for a date,' said one report. 

China's historic 'one-child' policy has been blamed, which led parents to abandon girls or use sex-selective abortion to guarantee a male child.

We've come for your women: Chinese men seek Siberian brides
A Chinese boy on a street in a province of Zhejiang. Picture: The Siberian Times

Men are increasingly looking abroad for wives, and Siberia is on the doorstep. Cities like Blagoveshchensk, opposite the Chinese city of Heihe, have seen an upsurge in cross-border marriages.

But the singles' tours for upscale businessmen are a fairly new trend, and evidently popular, matching tours by Western lonely hearts to former Soviet countries.

Ivan Zuenko, of the Centre for Asian Pacific Studies of the Far Eastern Department of the Russian Academy of Sciences, said: 'There are more marriages registered between Chinese men and Russian women than between Chinese women and Russian men. 

'But it is impossible to say that the number of such families is so high that it will impact on the demographic situation in the region.' 

A video shows a Chinese man playing saxophone in the city of Blagoveshchensk, the Far East of Russia, to attract attention of local women. 

A piece of paper by his feet has handwritten ''Calm, balanced, looking for a Russian girlfriend.' 

Comments (19)

In China, due to the policy of one family - one child (already canceled) parents prefer to have boys. The family believed that it is better to have a boy in the family, who then will help their parents.
There were services for the implementation of ultrasound for fetal sex determination and selective abortion.
As a result, it increased the birth of boys and much reduced number of girls in the country. There was another problem - find a wife or a couple.
ED, Russia
12/10/2016 18:17
They want a woman "not competing with the man". Sure those men have a lot of self-insecurities problems, the typical bottom of machism.
Andres Suarez, Cancun, Mexico
12/10/2016 06:05
Nice article. Is this "service provided" for western europe men, too? In germany for example there is also a (small) lack of women - due to for me unkown reasons (perhaps male refugees?). I would love to find a russian bride. Russian women are the most beautiful in the world.
Ulf, Germany
12/10/2016 01:59
They can marry Tuvan, Buryat, Yakut, Altay or Korean girls from Siberia as those are Asian ethnicities and wouldn´t be so much noticed in a Chinese town....
Enrique, Spain
11/10/2016 20:55

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