The University of Electronic Science and Technology in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, which has a ration of 25 male students to every female, declared a 'girls' day'.
Each female student was given a blank card and asked to write their wish on it, which were then posted on a message board.
Zhang wrote: 'My name is Zhang Mengqian, a grade one student, and I think I am attractive, but strangely I can't find a boyfriend. However I believe in destiny.
'If you have the same wish, please come under my dormitory building and shout for my name between 12:30 and 12:50 on March 11, 2010 and I will observe you secretly up on the building.'
She added: 'If you're my type, I'll come down to meet you.'
Thousands of young men showed up by noon of March 11 outside the dormitory building in reply to her plea.
However, only a few managed to complete the second part of the task - to shout out her name.
Unsurprisingly, Zhang decided not to descend from her room.
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