Irrationally high housing price in China's large cities is
bringing about a change to urbanites' ways of living and, in an implicit way, is
putting some of, if not most of, young people in an awkward situation - a choice
between houses and love.
A recent online poll found that nearly half of women chose to become
"material girls" - picking men already owning apartments as their husbands.
The poll, by portal website
sohu.com, was intended to test women's preference in choosing fiances and
Not long ago, real estate magnate Feng Lun asserted "women of marriage age
are driving up housing price" in China, where traditions require men to get
ready of everything before marrying a goodwife. Having an apartment is becoming
a decisive and competitive factor for men.
Blogger Wu Yiren wrote she believed a man should fight against rivals to win
his lady's heart and making money to buy an apartment is a man's fight in modern
But this "fight" could be bloodier than that between cavaliers. Price of new
apartments in Beijing, according to Golden Keys housing research centre, rose
15.2 percent in February over January, a continual buoyant increase since the
In the eyes of Blueprint Housing general manager Fu Wenhui, pure love only
exists in poems or among innocent kids. "It's a pity, but marriage means
tangible responsibilities and materials."
"How can you trust him if the man even cannot buy you an apartment?" she
Asking for a big house from the boyfriend is no longer deemed as unkind or
too material-oriented, which used to be sniffed at by gentle women.
Home is something to house a couple, but for many ladies, where home is
doesn't really matter as long as they are with the Romeo.
"We are young and promising. If I love him, I will marry him even if he
doesn't own an apartment, I believe he is the potential stock," Yan Yan said,
adding that she disliked those who expected to change their living status
Even though scared off by women's "house desire", some young men
participating in the debate tend to be on the back of the practical camp.
In the online survey at Sohu, nonetheless, nearly 56 percent of female
netizens prefer to marry the man they truly love, even if he doesn't have money
to buy an apartment.
This time, the delicate affection narrowly wins in a battle against
stone-cold apartment blocks, but how long its advantage could last? Who knows.