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According to data from the latest census report, men usually marry for the first time at the age of 31, while they used to do so at 29 in 1991.
Women have seen the age of marriage pushed to 29 from 26 over the same 25-year period.
In Hong Kong, the gender ratio has become increasingly skewed, with just 852 males to every 1,000 females, compared with 911 to 1,000 a decade ago.
“I’ve never known what it is really like to be in a serious relationship, to live in the same house with a guy, or to get married,” Mary said.
In 2016, some 7,626 Hong Kong women married mainland Chinese men, making up a third (33.3 per cent) of cross-border marriages.
Matchmakers charge as much as HK,000 (US5) for a first consultation.
An event organiser told the that meetings on Valentine’s Day next Wednesday had all been overbooked by 20 per cent weeks ahead of the festival.
That was up from 1,390 in 1991, when they accounted for only 6.1 per cent of the overall unions.
Annie Chan Hau-nung, an associate professor at Lingnan University’s Department of Sociology and Social Policy, said this was because there was more economic activity between Hong Kong and the mainland than before.
Social impact The city has seen a decline in fertility rates over the past 33 years, according to a census report released in 2015.