certainly has a built-in market: The numbers of women seeking professional dating advice have risen rapidly over the past decade, and there are now almost 50 practicing plastic surgeons in the city.
One of the most coveted procedures is upper blepharoplasty or double eyelid surgery, where patients obtain a set of upper eyelid creases.
Phoebe, 24 and a newly qualified lawyer, is already feeling pressure to find a life partner in the next couple of years.“Most of my single girl friends are all panicking about finding their other half now because men have a tendency to favor younger girls,” she explains.
Journalists and academics complained that the show promoted narcissism, reinforced gender stereotypes, and stigmatized older, single women, but for many Hong Kong citizens it proved to be compelling viewing.
But even before talking about that stage of a romantic liaison – the night is young, my dear – perhaps we should take a step backward and carp instead about how expensive it is to date a girl these days.
Did you know that Hong Kong ranks second only to Japan when it comes to the cost of having a cheap date?
Says Deutsche Bank: “Our advice to those in Zurich is either to marry young or choose your blind dates carefully as our ‘cheap date’ index continues to see Zurich as the most expensive place for courtship.” First, the strong US dollar makes Hong Kong, whose currency is pegged to the greenback, relatively more expensive than other European and Asian cities.
The biggest culprit, though, is the soaring price of property in the city, which affects everything from food and drinks to entertainment, as rent is one of the biggest components of a business establishment’s operating cost.