Most families now comprise three to four members, and expectations of marriage have changed with improved living conditions.
To many people, income, housework and procreation are no longer top priorities; more important is having a loving, loyal and understanding spouse.
In that year, after a long civil war, the People's Republic of China, with a Communist government, was proclaimed.
Owing to these factors, marriage and the family are believed to be taking on diverse trends in China's rural and urban regions.
If you have all the necessary documents and hold a passport with at least six months validity and two blank pages, it should take between two (if you apply for the express service) to four working days to get a Chinese VISA.
Note that the rush service (one business day) is only available in some countries (the US, for instance) and only for cases of extreme urgency, upon the approval of the Chinese Consular Office.
Conditions that should be taken into consideration included wealth and social status.
If a boy's family was well-off or an official family, his parents would never permit him to marry a girl from a poor family.