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The men show three videos giving details of their job, romantic experiences and friends' opinions, to try to win a date.

Anxious parents look at profile boards of possible candidates to find future partners for their children at a matchmaking event at a park in Beijing.

Likewise, 36-year-old engineer Yu, who does not want to reveal his full name, says family pressure to get married is so intense that returning home for the upcoming holidays is a difficult proposition.

The search for a perfect match is not limited to single people.

With only a short time left before the holidays, there is no time to waste.Eager singles swamped matchmaking events held in Beijing during the Chinese New Year holidays, with an estimated 50,000 people attending a week-long event in the capital's Ditan Park, according to organiser Jiayuan.com, a popular matchmaking website with over 40 million registered members."I am the third oldest in my family, and everyone has a girlfriend except for me," said 29-year-old insurance worker Chen Nan, who said he felt pressure to step up the search for a wife."Whenever there are get-togethers with university classmates and relatives they ask questions like 'Why don't you have a girlfriend' or 'Are you going to have one next year? Men and women taking part in the event, mainly white-collar workers in their late 20s and early 30s, flirted and exchanged phone numbers and pieces of paper.According to Jiayuan.com, over 70 percent of participants were in fact anxious parents hoping to fix up children too busy or shy to meet the opposite sex.Writing by Maxim Duncan A woman shows a profile page during a matchmaking event at People's Square in downtown Shanghai.The event was organised by dating companies and parents hoping to find prospective mates for their children during the Chinese Lunar New Year holiday, a day before couples around the world celebrate Valentine's day on February 14.

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