What should be equipped before getting married? Love, trust, similar value . . . Except for these, a man’s ability to provide a house is also necessary to be considered in China.

However, the Chinese property price is too high to afford by the young-aged group. The news feature will argue that the high property price has the negative influence on Chinese marriage by addressing the reasons, impacts and the future development.


How to do the news feature

The feature will start with the story of a Chinese girl, Amy, who was forced by her parents to end a relationship because her boyfriend cannot afford a house. Amy tried to steal her Household Register, a family identification which is required to get married, but she failed eventually.

The feature will then demonstrate the reasons of the failed attempting marriage, including the aspects of culture and policy. Firstly, the ability to provide a house is a socially acceptable rules for Chinese men. According to a survey in 2012 by Horizon Research & Consultancy group, 75% of potential brides take the bridegrooms’ ability to afford a house into consideration.

Secondly, the one-child policy results in the abortion based on the sex selection that males are more than females. Therefore, male need to provide what female required in the marriage competition.

However, the high property price in China, especially in the first tier cities, is unbearable for the young generation. For instance, the picture below is a property price in Beijing (BJMCHD, 2016). It will take forty minutes driving from the building to the central city. The price of each square meter is over 130,000 Yuan, approximately 26,000 Australian dollars, which is too high to afford.


At last, the feature will analyse the impacts and the future development of this phenomenon by addressing statistics. In fact, there are increasingly people accept ‘Naked Marriage’, which means getting married without requiring economic abilities. Also, a new property policy was announced in March 2016 in Shanghai, which would change both the marriage issue and economy development in China.


The interviewees

The feature contains three interviews.

The first two interviews will be interviewing a Chinese potential bride, Amy Chang, and a young man, Tom Sang, about their opinions of how high property price affects marriage. Another will be a face-to-face interview with Dr Linda Tsung, a Chinese multi-culturalism and multi-lingualism in The University of Sydney.


Target publication & user

The article targets to be published on China Daily website, the English-language daily online news website that established in 1995 in China. The target readers of the feature are mainly young Chinese group who are well-educated as well as global audiences who are interested in the contemporary Chinese society and economy.

This topic has a great news value because it reveals the social, cultural and economic situation in China. The article can appeal young generation as well as Chinese parents to provide a critical perspective of the social rules of marriage, and might change some readers’ minds to accept ‘Naked Marriage’.



Tags: marriage, property price, China, Shanghai property policy, Naked Marriage


Relative Attributions:

Married to the mortgage

Status competition and housing prices

How the Economy Affects Marriage Rates



Beijing Municipal Commission of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (2016). Pre-project information. Retrieve 26 April, 2016, from


Word Count: 502

Shuang Liu (440514914)