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University of Hong Kong demographer Paul Yip Siu-fai estimates there are about 876 men for every 1,000 women in Hong Kong.

In 2011, there were 209,000 single women, more than double the number in 1996. Violet Lim Seow Yan, co-founder of Lunch Actually, agrees.

"When we were young, we were always told, 'Study hard, don't wear lipstick, don't date now', and so a lot of successful career women don't have much dating experience.

It turns out the ones who did wear lipstick and didn't study much got the husbands. "We've had female clients who meet men on the first date and say, 'I graduated from Stanford, what about you? We also have women who are managing directors, but can't cook.

The founder of dating service Hong Kong Matchmakers, which gives no-nonsense advice to clients - all of whom are female - seems to imply that Hong Kong women are all self-obsessed snobs.

"Hong Kong women should shut up and not complain so much," she says.

"When I ask women what they like, they say, 'Chanel handbags'.

I tell them I don't have a man who likes Chanel bags in my database." She concedes that local women dress well, which is important because "if you do, it changes the way you walk, you become more beautiful and have more confidence, and you become more attractive".

If you can't cook and clean, he might as well marry a domestic helper." But Lim plays down the prerequisite for domestic skills, saying most modern women don't cook.In one episode, a participant is encouraged by a life coach to have plastic surgery to improve her looks.She declines, saying it is not the key to true love.Liu first summarised insights from her matchmaking experience last year in a guide, How to Find a Husband.She has followed it up with The Man Manual: A Guide to Understanding Men, which was launched last week at the Hong Kong Book Fair. She believes women aren't in a position to make many demands when the gender ratio is so skewed towards men.

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