Xiong Jigen blames the road.
“It’s isolated and the transportation is very difficult,” he says. Behind him, there is a busy chicken pen and tiers of corn fields outside his home, near the top of a hill.
At 43, Mr Xiong is what is called a “bare branch” in China – single, unmarried, a bachelor.
This is the label given to men like him who have not found a wife, in a country where a man in his twenties is still expected to marry, provide a home and carry on his family line.
He lives in Laoya village in a very rural part of Anhui province of eastern China.
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