Amount of money given as betrothal gifts to brides' parents in China as of June 2013, by region
(in U.S. dollars)
Betrothal gifts to brides' parents in China as of June 2013
The graph shows the amount of money given as a gift to brides' parents in China as of June 2013. This custom was originally meant to provide for the bride's aging parents, as she is traditionally expected to care for the husband's parents. Although with rising standards of living in China, this aspect is no longer a concern, many brides and their families still view a suiter's income as a barometer for his marriageability. In Henan province, men paid an average of 9,600 US dollars to their future spouse's family for their consent to the marriage.
Amount of money given as betrothal gifts to brides' parents in China as of June 2013, by region
(in U.S. dollars)
Amount in U.S. dollars
Zhejiang24,000
Shandong20,800
Shanghai16,000
Hubei12,800
Tibet12,800
Heilongjiang, Jilin and Liaoning12,480
Tianjin9,600
Henan9,600
Shanxi9,422
Hunan8,000
Gansu7,200
Jiangxi6,080
Taiwan5,440
Fujian5,280
Qinghai4,800
Shaanxi4,800
Sichuan4,800
Guizhou3,200
Jiangsu3,200
Hainan3,200
Guangxi3,022
Yunnan2,667
Anhui2,560
Ningxia2,400
Beijing1,600
Guangdong1,600
Hebai1,600
Inner Mongolia1,422
Xinjiang1,067
Hong Kong*0
Macao*0
Chongqing*0
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Betrothal gifts to brides' parents in China as of June 2013
The graph shows the amount of money given as a gift to brides' parents in China as of June 2013. This custom was originally meant to provide for the bride's aging parents, as she is traditionally expected to care for the husband's parents. Although with rising standards of living in China, this aspect is no longer a concern, many brides and their families still view a suiter's income as a barometer for his marriageability. In Henan province, men paid an average of 9,600 US dollars to their future spouse's family for their consent to the marriage.
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