This study aime to study how a rapidly developing society influences young people in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Hong Kong on Courtship and Marriage.
1. Young people and courtship
Young people nowadays enjoy a high degree of freedom in choosing their marriage partners. A majority of young people in the four cities opted for “moral character, personality and temperament” as the main criteria in choosing a marriage partner. It reflected that young people paid more attention to integrity than to external factors, such as “income” and “family background” as criteria in choosing a marriage partner.
2. Young people and their attitude towards sex and ways to handling love affairs
The survey demonstrated that the young people in the four cities did not entirely object to premarital sex. Young people in the four cities nowadays tended to adopt a more open-mined attitude towards sex.
3. Young poeple and their attitude towards marriage
The survey revealed that a majority of young people in the four cities was confident that they would be a devoted couple till the end of their lives. Young people put great value on marriage, and they would try their best to maintain a long lasting marriage.