The event forms part of a broader PFA initiative to create an ecosystem of innovative SMEs and mid-market companies that can help industry players boost their innovation capabilities.
"I suppose I would rather meet someone through a friend, or at a party, but who knows? Xue Xiaoyue, meanwhile, said she was already considered an old maid in her home village at the age of 27.
"In my village in Anhui, all the girls marry at 20.
The population of unmarried adults, according to the latest national census, reached 249 million in 2010.
Decades of a one-child policy and a culture that favors boys over girls has also taken its toll: by 2020, the Chinese State Population and Family Planning Commission estimates that there will be 30 million more men seeking wives than there are women to marry them.
At least a third of the attendees were parents, either chaperoning their children, acting as go-betweens for the more bashful, or brokering deals with other parents for arranged romances.
Thames Town, a replica English village in a suburb of Shanghai, with its own cathedral, red telephone boxes, and bronze statue of Pierce Brosnan as James Bond, was picked to be the venue because of its "air of romance".The attendees, meanwhile, had some very rigid ideas about what they were looking for.Men said they wanted a "kind-hearted" wife, not too beautiful and flighty, but modest and homely.The "minimum requirement" for the women meanwhile was straight-forward: a man with his own house, and preferably also a car."I have had 20 to 30 mothers come up to me with their son's telephone number," said Liu Xiuling, a 23-year-old marketing consultant. I do believe in love, but I also believe you have to balance your feelings with some sense of what is practical," she said.Choose from one of four hetero speed dating sessions or one for LGBT.