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About Toni Cao

Toni is the co founder of China Love Date

When Asian dating turns you into an annoying tourist

Sometimes, Asian dating leads Americans to visit China. When you visit another country, it is important to respect that nation’s cultures and customs. It is only respectful to behave according to social norms.

Oil paint draw binoculars of tourism

However, there are still things that tourists do that really annoy Chinese people. If your Asian dating relationship brings you to China, here’s what you should not do:

  • Public nudity and photography is not acceptable. Although this might seem like a given, it is worth mentioning that public nudity is not socially acceptable in China. Be sure to keep your pants on… literally.
  • Relieving yourself on the side of the road is not acceptable. They say that “when you gotta go, you gotta go”. Well, not in China. If you have to relieve yourself, simply pulling over on the side of the road is not an option. This also goes for the Great Wall.
  • That four-person bench is for four people. Two people taking up a four-person bench really annoys the Chinese locals. If there is room for more people, allow that seat to be taken and don’t reserve it for your bag.
  • Whatever you do, don’t climb a tree. For some reason, tourists think it’s okay to climb trees in public parks. This really isn’t acceptable and it tends to bother the locals. If you see a tree, control the urge to climb it; sit beneath it instead.

The next time you find yourself in China, keep these suggestions in mind if you want to avoid annoying the locals.

Buried treasure leads to Chinese dating sites?

Although we don’t really think that buried treasure could lead us to Chinese dating sites, maybe the reverse of that statement is true in a way. After all, when you join a Chinese dating site and interact with people from a different culture, you are opening your world up to a whole new culture – a treasure that many people value.

Buried Treasure

Nevertheless, there is something to be said about buried treasure in China and writer Huan Hsu. Hsu’s great-great-grandfather, Liu Feng Shu, was a well-known scholar with an impressive porcelain collection. When the Japanese arrived in his village during the Second Sino-Japanese War (1938), he buried that collection in his garden to keep it safe. After burying the porcelain, Feng Shu and his family fled.

This tale does not involve a few knick-knacks. The buried treasure is said to be about the size of a bedroom and deeper than the height of an average man. The hole was lined with bamboo shelving and said to be overflowing with porcelain.

Fast-forward to present day. Hsu has written a book called The Porcelain Thief: Searching the Middle Kingdom for Buried Treasure, and it is an amazing tale that combines cultural history, travelogue, and memoir into one. Hsu, an American-born Chinese, never thought he would go on a quest for buried treasure, but he did.

The story is an exploration of Chinese family roots, but it really does speak across countries and cultures. The treasure Hsu found was that of history and a new understanding of his ancestry, although he doesn’t let on as to what he did or didn’t find in the way of porcelain.

“Ancient Dances” and Chinese dating

Chinese dating can sometimes lead to dancing – or vice versa – and apparently this could be particularly true in Cleveland.

Chinese dance

The Cleveland Museum of Art will be presenting pipa virtuoso Wu Man performing “Ancient Dances” on Wednesday, April 8.

It all started with a simple visit to a school years ago. In the 1980s, Indian sitar player Ravi Shankar visited Beijing Central Conservatory and inspired a little girl to dream of a career in the United States. Shankar became Man’s hero, and today she is one of China’s greatest artistic ambassadors. Man takes pride in her role as a spokesperson for China’s cultural legacy.

If you’ve never heard of the pipa, you are not alone. Comparable to the lute, the pipa is a Persian string instrument that the Chinese adopted from the Persians a long time ago. Man has been able to revitalize an interest in the instrument and breathe new life into the appreciation and awareness of Chinese classical music.

The performance will incorporate not just pipa music but also an exotic mix of percussion, poetry, calligraphy, and paintings. The visual elements of this performance are expected to be astonishing. This should provide the perfect backdrop for one of your first Chinese dating experiences if you plan to be in or near the Cleveland area.

When a Chinese dating site inspires interest in art

When someone signs up for a Chinese dating site, a lot can happen. The potential for love and romance is boosted. Moreover, the opportunity to learn about an amazing culture is presented, and many Westerners are opened up to the wonderful world of Chinese art.

exhibition, all photos mine, put yours now

If you belong to a Chinese dating site and are interested in art, you might be fascinated to hear that Chinese artists are actually representing Kenya at this year’s Venice Biennale. Even if you don’t have an online dating profile, this may be news that you want to hear!

The Venice Biennale is an international art exhibition that is frequently dubbed “the Olympics of modern art” and takes place every two years. If you happen to attend this year, you’ll notice that the Kenyan pavilion consists of mostly Chinese artists. Say what?

It’s simple, really. Around 30 countries have a permanent slot at the Venice Biennale, and about 50 others have applied for their own exhibition spaces, also known as pavilions. Two years ago, Kenya had its first pavilion. This year, they will allow mostly Chinese nationals to exhibit their work.

Most of these artists have never been to Kenya – or even Africa – and very few of them reference the country or continent in their work. Some well-known Chinese artists will be displaying their work, including Li Gang, Qin Feng, Li Zhanyang, and Lan Zheng Hui. This isn’t new for Kenya; their 2013 pavilion also consisted mostly of Chinese artists.

While this might be a source of controversy for Kenyan artists, it bodes very well for Chinese artists because they are displaying their work at one of the most important international art exhibits in the world.