From China Daily (link):
The current trend of adults remaining unmarried in Chinese cities is considered to be the third since the People’s Republic was founded in 1949. The first in the early 1950s and the second in the early 1980s.
“Well-educated, financially-independent women and poorly educated men with low income make up the largest portions of the single adult population, and the two groups will find it most difficult to get out of that situation,” said Wang Zhenyu, sociologist at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.
The women have been criticized for being too picky and having abandoned traditional Chinese values to become too “globalized” but they feel they’re just doing what they need to do to build an intimate “strategic partnership” with a man.