China’s marriage rate and divorce rate from 2010 to 2017./ Photo via Ministry of Civil Affairs
Also, before 2012, people aged between 20 to 24 were the main population to get married; while in 2017, more and more Chinese people chose to get married at the age of 25 to 29.
Actually, this is not a trend just in China, some other countries are also experiencing a similar process: US, Japan and most OECD nations, are all undergoing these changes in recent years.
However, is this a bad thing? In a society which places a lot values on family and offspring, how will this change affect China?
And why has it occurred?
Has the new generation had a change of heart?
Chinese society is getting more and more tolerant towards different living methods, and young marriageable people, who are born in 1980s and 1990s, now have their own ideas of living since they have grown up with more diverse values than previous generations.
This can be clearly seen in China's younger generation of women. As the country’s rapid development transforms and creates greater job opportunities, Chinese women no longer view marriage as a path of security – they prefer to get it from education and then career.
This is a great change in Chinese society. In 2007, women who were not married after they turned 27 years old were called “shengnv”, or “leftover women” in China. However, now in 2018, that value in society has changed greatly, and women who have their own career are admired by others.
Government statistics also suggest that more than 85% of both male and female workers, a third of whom are at the "traditional" marrying age, work more than 44 hours a week, leaving them with little time and energy to build relationships.