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Train spotting

Train spotting

The event was called ‘Meet Along Metro Line 2’ and while that may not sound the most romantic location, romance was very much the intention. The Shanghai subway operator – taking its public service ethos very much to heart – had decided to invite its younger, single commuters to a mass speed dating event in a local sports stadium.

Around 1,000 speed-daters turned up. To lure the crowds and lighten the atmosphere, games were played and there was a lucky draw. “Traditional Chinese reserve was put aside for a while, at a time when many young people worry that they will be left on the shelf in this highly competitive society,” the Shanghai Daily reported. The newspaper said that 36 participants had hit it off sufficiently to agree on a real date after the event.

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