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Story : China-Blind Date
File ID : 139939
Video ID : 1320586
Dateline : Apr. 29, 2012
Duration : 1'24
Locations : Beijing,China
Type : Chinese/Nats
Source : China Central Television (CCTV)
Restrictions : Not access Chinese mainland
Pageview : 171
Summary : Peach festival brings 'romance' fever among residents
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Beijing, China - Apr. 29, 2012
1. Various of participants; spectators at blind-date event
2. Mid of balloons
3. Various of participants making personal statements on stage
4. Various of female participant holding balloon
5. Mid of host talking to participant
6. SOUNDBITE (Chinese) Male participant:
"Thanks to this event, I just met a girl and was given this rose."
7. Close of event label, heading
8. SOUNDBITE (Chinese) Female participant:
"I think such events are great not only for finding a life-companion also for providing chance to make many friends."
9. SOUNDBITE (Chinese) Local resident (partially overlaid with shot 10):
"Many young people now are under pressure in their daily lives. Sometimes they're shy when getting to know each other. So I help to give them a push, hopefully they may have a better chance."
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10. Various of spectators at blind date event
++ SHOTS OVERLAYING SOUNDBITE ++
11. Various of tourists sitting around tables
12. Various of peach flowers and tourists
13. SOUNDBITE (Chinese) Chen Menghui, Pinggu Tourism Administration.
"Many young people now wait until a later age to marry amid the bustle of a daily life. It offers them a chance to go outside to meet each other. It also boosts tourism in this beautiful flowering season."
14. Various of peach flowers
15. Zoom in of balloons released from tourists

Storyline

A grand blind-date event was held Sunday as part of the ongoing Peach Flower Festival (April 19 - May 20) in eastern Beijing's Pinggu District.

Nearly 2,000 single people gathered under the peach trees in search of true love.

For all the lonely-hearts out there, a peach festival in the capital is playing host to a blind-date event which drew record crowds. What better place can one have to meet one's soul-mate than among hectares of beautiful peach trees in blossom?

"Many young people now wait until a later age to marry amid the bustle of a daily life. It offers them a chance to go outside to meet each other. It also boosts tourism in this beautiful flowering season," said Chen Menghui from Pinggu Tourism Administration.

Introducing yourself to a stranger is tough enough if you are shy, and many participants seemed quite timid at first.

"Thanks to this event, I just met a girl and was given this rose," said a male participant with excitement.

"I think such events are great not only for finding a life-companion also for providing chance to make many friends," said a female participant.

A local resident attending the event commented that the senior people are worried about their children missing out on the ideal age for marriage. Many are taking it upon themselves to arrange the romance, as one said, "Many young people now are under pressure in their daily lives. Sometimes they're shy when getting to know each other. So I help to give them a push, hopefully they may have a better chance."

 

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