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About Toni Cao

Toni is the co founder of China Love Date

Chinese dating and the Lunar New Year

If you’re into Chinese dating, you might be interested in learning about the Lunar New Year celebrations that are just starting to kick off in China and other countries across Asia this week. It is time to welcome the year of the sheep!

Happy Chinese new year of the Goat 2015

The Lunar New Year is one of the most widely anticipated annual celebrations for people in China. In fact, hundreds of millions of people travel home for this celebration, making it the world’s largest annual human migration, Over the 40-day period, approximately three billion passenger trips will be booked on planes, trains, and automobiles.

The Lunar New Year celebration, which officially began on February 18th, is also known as the Spring Festival in China. It kicks off with a large meal. This is called the “reunion dinner”, perhaps because so many families travel to be together for this celebration. If you are in a Chinese dating relationship, it might also be a nice time to travel and meet your new love’s family.

As we move out of the year of the horse and into the year of the sheep, there is some debate as to which year it actually is. Some people say it’s the year of the sheep, while others believe it is the year of the goat or the year of the ram.

This so-called controversy isn’t really an issue in China; the character for sheep and goat are the same, so the Mandarin language doesn’t distinguish between the two. It’s only in the West that people are arguing!

Whether you are celebrating the year of the sheep, goat, or ram, we wish you a happy Lunar New Year!

When using Chinese dating sites lead to marriage

Chinese dating sites don’t lead only to romance; they sometimes also lead to marriage. What happens when an American wants to marry a Chinese citizen?

Beautiful wedding couple

There are a few things to consider, some of which Chinese dating sites don’t really get into. After all, they aren’t marriage sites! Here’s what you should keep in mind if you’ve found the love of your life and would like to tie the knot:

  • Legal residence. If you want to get married in China, one of you must have legal residence in the country. China does not allow foreigners on tourist visas to marry in the country.
  • General requirements for U.S. citizens. It is important to understand that the regulations for marriage in China vary significantly among the country’s different provinces, cities, and towns. If you are a U.S. citizen, you will typically be asked to provide a valid passport and valid Chinese visa.
  • Other requirements. Other things you might be asked to provide include proof of legal residence of at least one party, a notarized Affidavit of Marriageability, proof of final divorce or annulment (or death certificate of deceased spouse), three photographs of the couple together with a red background, and a registration fee.

 

Although the above information is currently accurate, it might not be comprehensive, and when you’re getting married, you want to cover all your bases. Therefore, it is advisable that you check with the Chinese Civil Affairs Office to make sure that you are fully prepared for marriage in China!

Is Chinese dating all about eating?

If you’ve engaged in Chinese dating for any period of time, you might already know that food plays a huge part in the country’s culture. In addition, if you’ve ever visited China, you probably noticed that you were wined and dined by your hosts.

Chicken chow mein

A heavy emphasis is placed on eating in China. Food and the act of eating serve as the glue that binds people together in Chinese culture. People make friends sitting at the dinner table, and it’s also a place where they conduct business.

To some extent, the importance of food stems from the fact that China has endured several serious famines. Nevertheless, if you consider history, food has been a huge part of China’s culture for thousands of years. Food plays an integral role in everyday life, but it is also part of rituals, celebrations, religious events and even politics.

In the Tao Te Ching, the comparison between frying a fish and the ruling of state is made; if you handle the meat too much, it will spoil and fall apart during frying. In religion, food offerings are frequently made to deities and even “hungry ghosts.”

These are just a few examples of how important food is to Chinese people. If you are seriously interested in Chinese dating, you might want to learn a bit more about China’s food culture. Keep in mind that the Chinese feast you order every Friday night for takeout might not necessarily resemble what you’ll get in China!

Chinese dating, reading habits, and Frog

If you’re into Chinese dating, you might actually find yourself changing your reading habits and trying to learn more about Chinese culture. This might be because you want to read the same books your online love interest is reading, or you might simply want to stay ahead of the curve.

That’s where Frog comes in. It’s not a book you have to read, but you might very well want to read it if you are interested in China’s one-child policy. Although the policy might be controversial to some people, it is an inescapable truth and part of China’s history and culture.

Dating love

Frog is a 400-page book that takes a look at a small Chinese town’s midwifery and the politics of abortion during the most intense years of the country’s one-child policy. Mo Yan, who also won a Nobel Prize in 2012, wrote the book. He is one of the few novelists who have not been jailed by the government for his work or beliefs, nor has he fled the country.

The book, which is written in the form of a letter, tells the story of one young man growing up during one of China’s most notably turbulent periods. The tale is filled with wry humor, which is surprising for the depth and heaviness of the subject matter. Topics include war, famine, the enforcement of the one-child policy, and even Chinese dating gone wrong.

Although Frog is filled with heroic children of the revolution, loyal communists, and brutal reality (although the magic of the culture is not lost), Yan also critiques the system indirectly and raises plenty of questions for discussion.

If you want to beef up your reading list in preparation for Chinese dating, you might be interested to know that Frog is being released in the U.S. this week.