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.
So much so, that my husband didn't ask to date me, he asked me to be with him for the rest of his life. Compared to most of their Western counterparts, Chinese men start thinking about marriage much earlier in the relationship.
So, if you're dating a Chinese guy, make sure to figure out what the both of you want out of the relationship so you can manage expectations.
Women of China “date” to find a mate for life – not just to test the waters and never just to satisfy a temporary need.
To the Chinese, dating is serious business about a lifelong commitment.
About 30 million men in China can't find wives in China due to the country's gender imbalance issue. And a renowned scholar seemed to have found a shortcut to deal with the looming 'bachelor crisis': foreign women.
Dating was not part of my plan, so when it happened, I was completely unprepared for it.
Traditionally, baby boys are preferred by Chinese parents because of their ability to carry forward the family name.
Decades of illegal baby gender selection, prompted by the one-child policy, has caused the country to suffer from a severe gender gap.
He was more of a gentleman toward me than any other man I had ever known.
He was Chinese, a man named Tian who grew up in Zhengzhou.