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About Toni Cao

Toni is the co founder of China Love Date

Chinese dating sites: what’s does the red envelope mean?

You might have noticed images of a red envelope on some Chinese dating sites as well as other websites focusing on Chinese culture. So, what’s the story with this little red envelope? We’ve put together some FAQs for you!

What is the red envelope?

In traditional Chinese culture, the red envelope is a long, narrow envelope filled with money. These envelopes are usually decorated with gold Chinese characters representing wealth and happiness. The red envelopes are given out for birthdays, weddings and other celebrations.

red chinese  money envelope

Why is it red?

As you might already know, red plays a prominent role in Chinese culture and it symbolizes luck. Many people use the envelopes to wish good luck to a newly married couple or for someone’s birthday.

Who receives these envelopes?

Red envelopes are commonly reserved for the younger generations; their parents, grandparents, and older relatives and friends typically distribute them. It is customary to present the envelope with both hands and to receive it with both hands. It is considered a solemn act.

How much money goes inside?

The amount of money that is placed inside the red envelope varies depending on the situation. For younger children, the equivalent of about $7 is standard. For teens, it’s usually an amount sufficient for buying a t-shirt or movie ticket. Employers usually include a month’s salary while wedding guests offer the approximate amount the couple might have paid per plate at the festivities.

Chinese dating sites often use imagery of the red envelope without any explanation; so many people associate it with romance and dating. As you can see, it actually has a much deeper meaning!

Asian dating through the Waves of Identity

If Asian dating or anything else brings you to New York City between now and March 2015, you might want to check out “Waves of Identity: 35 Years of Archiving” at the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA). The exhibit runs from September 25th to March 1st and focuses on Chinese American history.

New York City sunset

The exhibition features more than 200 different objects and stories categorized across eight sections, all highlighted by some provocative questions: where does Chinatown end? What does it mean to be Chinese? How do you become an American? The exhibit is all inquiry-based and can spark some real conversation among those who are participating in Asian dating.

Visitors will find answers to the questions posed by searching through the archived objects and materials. Although the featured documents, videos, oral histories and artifacts all embody and evoke the lives of Chinese Americans throughout New York City, the exhibit really does speak well beyond the borders of Manhattan and its surrounding boroughs.

Even if you’re not currently involved in Asian dating, this exhibit is well worth your time, so if you find yourself in New York City, don’t miss out! You can find MOCA at 215 Centre Street in New York City. Work up an appetite, then head deep into Chinatown to enjoy some of the best Chinese food that can be found anywhere in the United States!

Chinese dating in England? Check out the BP exhibition

Chinese dating doesn’t necessarily require a trip to China to get closer to the country’s culture and history. If you happen to be in England in the near future, be sure to check out the BP exhibition “Ming: 50 years that changed China” at the British Museum.

The British Museum, London

If you want to gain a greater appreciation for China’s culture without making the long trek across the globe, this exhibit might help you achieve that goal. The museum offers a number of beautiful objects from China from the Ming dynasty, which lasted from 1400 to 1450. It was during this time that Beijing was established as the country’s capital and the iconic Forbidden City was built.

During the Ming dynasty, China was a global superpower as well as a cultural powerhouse. This period is responsible for much of the Chinese traditions and cultural values its inhabitants observe today, and these become obvious when you’re involved in Chinese dating. A romance between a Western man and a Chinese woman can be enriching and culturally expansive, and it is an experience that many people treasure regardless of how the relationship turns out.

Thanks to new excavations that took place during the last decade, this exhibit features a number of treasures that have not been seen before in the UK, ranging from gold and jewelry to furniture and textiles to paintings and sculptures. The exhibit will run until January 5, 2015, and it is free to the public.

Asian dating in the desert: China’s beauties

If you’ve met someone through an Asian dating website and things are working out, chances are you might be headed to China to meet in person at some point.  China is a beautiful country with varied terrain, including several spectacular deserts.

Erg Chebbi sand dunes

Chinese deserts are not to be missed, especially if you enjoy natural wonders.  You might have already heard of the Gobi desert, but there are plenty of other deserts worth visiting.  Here are some of the most beautiful deserts in China:

·       Shapotou Desert in Ningxia.  Situated on the north shore of the Yellow River, this desert consists mostly of sand slopes that are reminiscent of waterfalls.  It is ideal to visit the Shapotou during the summer and fall months.

·       Badain Jaran Desert in Inner Mongolia.  This desert lies about 1,700 meters above sea level and spans almost 50,000 square kilometers.  It’s the third largest desert in China and features mountains, sprawling sand, lakes, springs and temples.  It is especially beautiful between May and October.

·       Taklimakan Desert in Xinjiang.  This is China’s largest desdert and features shifting sand dunes.  The dune shapes change unpredictably, although there are two giant red and white dunes that take their shape and color from nearby sedimentary rocks.  It is best to visit between autumn and spring, with mid-November being particularly magical.

·       Gurbantunggut Desert in Xinjiang.  China’s second largest desert, situated in the center of the Dzungarian Basin, is the largest fixed and semi-fixed desert in existence.  There you’ll find oases, smooth sand, and even manmade wonders.  It can be visited any time of year.

If you’ve never been to China and Asian dating leads you to the country, be sure to visit at least one of these impressive deserts!