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Girl’s lonely heart advert attracts mob

When Zhang Mengqian announced that she was looking for a boyfriend on a “wish wall” at her university in south-west China, she must have been hoping that she’d get a few eligible responses.

world Updated: Mar 15, 2010 00:17 IST

When Zhang Mengqian announced that she was looking for a boyfriend on a “wish wall” at her university in south-west China, she must have been hoping that she’d get a few eligible responses.

All potential suitors had to do, her message said, was complete a couple of simple tasks - turn up outside her dorm building on a certain date and time and shout her name.

Imagine her surprise then, when she looked down from her window at the appointed hour to find a scene more akin to a football crowd than the tender balcony moment from Romeo and Juliet.

Her message had touched the hearts — or something — of not just a few potential suitors, but thousands.

Perhaps the enormous response was entirely predictable. The University of Electronic Science and Technology of China in Chengdu, Sichuan province, has a male to female ratio of 25:1.

Mengqian had announced her search for love as part of the university’s “girls’ day”. Each female student was given a blank card and asked to write their wish and place it on the wall.