A school in Beijing is offering courses in how to snag a billionaire or — if you can settle for it — a millionaire, or perhaps just an affluent man.
Reuters is reporting on the Moral Education Center for Women and its $3,000, 30-hour course that teaches its clients "techniques to make them more attractive, from how to put on make-up in the most flattering way to how to spot a liar by looking at his facial expressions."
They would also learn how to read a man’s character (if that matters at all), and brush up on their conversational and traditional skills, such as tea-pouring techniques.
Reuters reports that wealthy eligible bachelors have approached the school in search of soul mates, and spent up to 30,000 yuan as an introductory fee. The school says it has successfully matched 30 couples, resulting in marriages.
China's wealthiest are reportedly getting richer, with the minimum amount needed to make the top 400 rising to $425 million from 300 million in 2010.
A Chinese person broke into the Forbes list of the world's top-100 billionaires for the first time this year, with Robin Li, CEO of search site Baidu Inc., ranked at number 95, with $9.4 billion in assets, Xinhua reported.
A total of 115 mainland Chinese entrepreneurs were among the 1, 210 people on the world’s richest list — representing a 340 percent increase from the 28 in 2009 and almost double the 64 in 2010.
The center's founder, Shao Tong, told Reuters that the school was encouraging women to become "the best they can be by giving them a goal" in a country that has an increasingly affluent middle class.
She reportedly said:
"We are nurturing internal qualities and developing potential.
"But if I were to advertise the school saying I would like to teach you how to build a good family and to better yourself, lots of girls would rule it out because they feel that they are agreeable and qualified enough.
"So then I thought, why not be more straightforward by saying: do you want to marry a rich man?"