China youths

"Granny Wang" interacts with participants on stage in Kaifeng, on 30 March 2024. (CNS)

‘Granny Wang’s Matchmaking’: A large-scale dating arena for China's youths?

With young people in China seemingly less willing to date and get married, Granny Wang’s Matchmaking event in Henan province is proving to be surprisingly popular. Will such live events catch on more and spur young people to consider marriage?
Youths walk on the street at night in Beijing, China, on 24 February 2024 (Screen grab from Reuters)

[Video] The harsh reality of China’s job market for youths

Applying to as many as 800 companies only to receive one job offer is a common but harsh reality for Chinese youths. Even then, they have to contend with challenges such as a gruelling “996” work culture (9am to 9pm, six days a week). While some heed the authorities’ call to endure hardships by studying harder and working overtime, some settle for the bare minimum and resign themselves to fate.
A Meizhou Hakka player pushes the ball past an opponent. (Guangdong Mu Huang Cultural Tourism and Sports Management Company)

How the football craze revitalised a city in Guangdong

Wuhua county in Meizhou, Guangdong, has made a name for itself as the “hometown of football”, evidenced by developments in the town surrounding the sport. After Meizhou set out on the path of promoting the sport as a calling card for the city, football has been an ever-present part of the people’s lives at all levels. Lianhe Zaobao journalist Zeng Shi gives us a deeper look at how football has affected the city.
Ladies dressed in Neo-Chinese clothing in Xiamen, Fujian Province, China. (Screen grab from CCTV)

[Video] Redefining daily wear: China's hanfu and neo-Chinese fashion

With over 4,000 years of history, hanfu declined during the Qing dynasty amid Manchu rule and the rising influence of Western fashion trends. While hanfu regained some popularity among youths in the 2000s, it wasn't until the mid-2010s, with increased visibility on social media, in period dramas and through cultural heritage promotion programmes, that it truly thrived.
University students attend a job fair in Wuhan, in central China's Hubei province on 6 March 2024. (AFP)

Record-breaking number of graduates face bleak job market in China

With another record year for the number of graduates in China, Lianhe Zaobao correspondent Wong Siew Fong notes that the employment situation appears bleaker than ever. Those seeking to join the civil service are facing even tougher competition as government agencies cut down on hiring, while the private sector may not be the most attractive option for them.
A mass wedding in Sichuan province, on 13 March 2024. (CNS)

China’s marriage rate rebound could be a fluke

Lianhe Zaobao correspondent Chen Jing notes that even though the number of marriages in China rebounded last year, couples could be making up for avoiding getting married this year for various reasons. Will the marriage rate fall back down this year, despite calls from the authorities encouraging young people to get married and have families?
A customer tries on gold jewelry in Huzhou, Zhejiang Province, China. (Screen grab from CCTV)

[Video] How are China’s youths spending their money?

Amid a challenging economic landscape, China’s youths (aged 16-24) are grappling with a 14.9% unemployment rate as of December 2023. Feeling the impact, the younger generation has made saving a top priority and are reevaluating their spending habits. This shift has seen them transition from "wild spending" to "reverse spending", from "impulsive consumption" to "rational spending", and from "revenge spending" to "experiential consumption". Here's a glimpse into how they are navigating this change.
A God of Fortune distributes hongbaos to visitors at Liandao Scenic Area in Lianyungang city, Jiangsu province, on 14 February 2024. (Xinhua)

Rising hongbao rates are putting pressure on Chinese youths

As China’s tradition of giving red packets or hongbaos during festive occasions puts young people under pressure, they are pushing back by giving fewer hongbaos or none at all, hoping that their refusal to conform will help to bring the focus back to the sentiment behind the giving.
Pedestrians at the Dongmen Old Street shopping area in Shenzhen, China, on 18 January 2024. (Qilai Shen/Bloomberg)

China's youths seek divorce and retirement buddies in uncertain times

As youths in China come into their own, they are finding their own ways to make connections. The latest trend is seeking activity buddies, or dazi culture, which offers companionship based on common interests and needs.