Chinese women learn how to snag a billionaire

Fri Jul 15, 2011 10:35am EDT
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By Ben Blanchard and Sabrina Mao

BEIJING (Reuters Life!) - Want to marry rich? Then the unlikely named Beijing Moral Education Center for Women is for you.

For 30 hours of training costing 20,000 yuan ($3,080), women keen to snag a billionaire, millionaire or even just an affluent man learn techniques to make them more attractive, from how to put on make-up in the most flattering way to how to spot a liar by looking at his facial expressions.

The school in the world's second largest economy -- home to 189 billionaires and just under one million millionaires -- has attracted over 2,800 mainly middle class women since it opened in August last year, and students such as 23-year-old Zhou Yue believe it's time and money well spent.

"My family had a business and there was a time when things were very difficult for us," she told Reuters.

"During that period, I was struggling a lot inside, asking myself why we have to do this, why my childhood had to be so different from other people's. So I thought to myself, if I can marry a rich man, at least I won't have any worries."

Lily Bing, 28, said she hoped the training would translate into better prospects. Students are taught conversation skills, personality development and traditional tea-pouring techniques, which convey elegance.

"I hope that the standard of people I can come into contact with in the future will be higher, compared to before I took on these classes," she said.

"That is, those who have achieved a certain level of success and promotion in their career. So in this process, if I can get to know rich people, I think it could be helpful," Bing added.   Continued...

<p>Single women wear wedding dresses during a matching-making ball with Chinese male billionaires in Beijing December 20, 2009. REUTERS/Song Xiaonan/Handout</p>