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‘Dating leaves’ for single female employees over 30

12:00 PM Jan 27, 2019 | Agencies

Beijing: Two Chinese firms are giving single female employees over the age of 30 an additional eight days of annual leave to “go home and date”. Workers at a Song dynasty-themed tourist attraction can take the extra break during the week-long Lunar New Year holiday, according to a notice posted by the companies.

Single women in China in their late twenties and early thirties are considered “leftover women,” or shengnu, given long-held traditional beliefs that women who aren’t married off by then are undesirable. But a burgeoning middle class and diversifying economy has led to a growing number of Chinese women focusing on their careers and choosing to marry later – or staying single altogether.

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