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ATTENTION EDITORS - PICTURE PACKAGE 'CHINA - LOVE AND MARRIAGE' WILL IMMEDIATELY FOLLOW THIS ADVISORY...ATTENTION EDITORS - 31 PICTURES FOR PACKAGE 'CHINA - LOVE AND MARRIAGE' WILL IMMEDIATELY FOLLOW THIS ADVISORY  SEARCH 'BARRIA MARRIAGE' FOR ALL PICTURES PXP101-PXP131    Reuters photographer Carlos Barria spent time documenting the matchmaking scene in Shanghai. As couples celebrate the "Qixi" festival on Tuesday, the Chinese equivalent of Valentine's Day, millions of women face stark choices in a society where traditional ideas about matrimonial hierarchy run up against huge economic and social changes sweeping the world's most populous country. There are plenty of men to go round among China's nearly 1.4 billion people but social status can conspire against single professional women, sometimes making it difficult to find a partner.

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As couples celebrate the Qixi festival on Tuesday, the Chinese equivalent of Valentine’s Day, millions of women face stark choices in a society where traditional ideas about matrimonial hierarchy run up against huge economic and social changes sweeping the world’s most populous country. Read more