As you may expect, dating is a little bit different in China than it is in most Western countries.
Yes, about 90% of the population is Han Chinese, which people generally refer to as Chinese, but that means that there are well over 100 million ethnic minorities living in China, which is like a whole other country or two.
Single Chinese girls are really, really in demand these days, but that doesn't mean that you cannot find the stunning girl of your dreams.
There is one shocking exception to this rule; in China women over the age of twenty-six are considered undesierable as potential brides - this exclusionary phenomenon is so prevalant in modern Chinese society that there is actually an official term for a women over the age of 26. Obviously, Oprah, Vogue, and Cosmo have a very different take on the role of women in society.
That term is Sheng Nu and it translates as UNWANTED! Chinese girls are becoming increasingly aware of the higher status of women in the western world and they want to be a part of it.
This goes back to less stable times, when marriage meant much-needed security, but of course this is by no means a purely Chinese phenomenon: In 2010, 44% of American women had married by age 25, but way way back in 1995, more than 59% had been hitched by 25.
China is relatively new to the whole modern-stable-globalized-internet (still working on that last one, really) country thing, and when your culture is over 4,000 years in the making, old habits die hard.It’s not uncommon for parents and grandparents to set their children up on blind dates with suitable matches they’ve found.If their child’s significant other doesn’t meet with the parents’ approval, continuing the relationship will be very difficult.Because of China’s rigorous college entrance examination, dating is rarely tolerated among high school students. That doesn’t mean that Chinese teens don’t have high school crushes or even relationships (mostly secret ones).But in general, Chinese students leave high school with a lot less romantic experience than their American counterparts.So we’ve gotten a few questions lately about dating in China.