These days, families have reasserted their control but individuals getting married probably have more say in marriage matters than they ever had before.According to a Chinese legend, couples destined to marry have invisible red strings, connecting them, tied around their ankles when they are young children.As you may expect, dating is a little bit different in China than it is in most Western countries.The basics are the same—people are people everywhere—but there are still a few differences regarding culture and social cues to note.It’s not uncommon for parents and grandparents to set their children up on blind dates with suitable matches they’ve found.
But in general, Chinese students leave high school with a lot less romantic experience than their American counterparts.
According to the survey, China’s unmarried population is huge: about 249 million people over 18 years old.
This supports the 2010 national census, which also reported that about 249 million 18-and-older Chinese are not married (18.6% of the total population).
Looking back, I would have loved to know what I was getting myself into or at least some advice on navigating Chinese dating culture.
Since my experience was limited to just my husband, I got some additional input from two American bloggers living in China: Jocelyn Eikenburg writes Speaking Of China and Jo Kelly-Bai writes Life Behind The Wall.