“They are very busy, of course, so they don’t have much time to meet the ideal date.

“Men have a much higher success rate [in finding love] and a much broader selection, since they can choose someone from a lower social group,” said Chen, whose family controls a Chengdu property and hotel empire.

“For women, it is almost impossible to choose downwards — their family and friends would not approve and they would face many difficulties.” Mr Du’s hunt for eligible bachelors, a collaboration with Hong Kong-based dating agency Feng Qiu Huang, began on June 18 when he began taking online applications from across China and the world.

“At the same time wealthy women have a high standard in choosing their husbands.

Because they are very successful they also expect their husband to be at least as successful as they are.” Rebecca Chen, who at 29 is one of the youngest Chengdu-based millionaires to sign up for the project, said social norms also hampered a rich woman’s search for the perfect man.

“Wealthy men don’t necessarily want a wife as successful as them.

They want a good wife and a good mother but they don’t necessarily want a successful women because [they think she] will spend lots of time on business [but] not on the family.

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Last year Chengdu’s economy grew 15.2 per cent while the city’s New Century Global Centre, a commercial and leisure complex that will reputedly be the world’s largest stand-alone building, is set to open later this year.

The Mediterranean-themed complex will reportedly boast two luxury 1,000-room hotels, hot springs, a marine park and its own artificial beach.

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