• Rural wedding ceremony in Shaanxi Province.

Rural wedding ceremony in Shaanxi Province. (Photo : Getty Images)

The National Health and Family Planning Commission released a report stating that Chinese couples are now more interested in lightning marriages.

In a survey of 77,045 Chinese respondents, 58 percent believe that couples should only date for 11 months before marriage. There are some who believe that the dating period should be shorter.

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Wang Hai (pseudonym), a professional in Beijing, and Zhang Ning, an orthodontist, decided to get married after only dating for a few weeks.

"He told me that he believed the length of time two people know each other does not improve the chances of having a successful marriage," she said.

"Then he looked at me and asked if I would marry him. I said yes, I would, and four days later, we obtained a marriage license," she said.

The Shanghai Civil Affairs Bureau revealed that 45.2 percent of people who are born from 1980 to 1992 were married in a rush.

Many believe that lightning marriages are more popular with "leftovers," or people who are in their thirties and still have not settled down.

Based on the observation of Chen Zhilin, a relationship counselor who got his PhD in Psychology at the University College London, lightning marriages occur because of job-related stress.

Chen believes that people who are career go-getters usually are hyper at work. These people do not feel the need to marry until the urge kicks in.

"They see it more as a pooling of resources, with each bringing their own advantages to the relationship, rather than as a match based purely on emotional attachment," Chen said. "So, once they find a suitable match, they would tie the knot even if they have only known each other for a short time."