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Understanding Chinese Cultures

Easter in China and Chinese dating sites

When you signed up for Chinese dating sites, you probably didn’t give much thought to the Easter holiday. After all, not many people do. However, if you are thinking of spending time in China or planning to move there because of your romantic relationship, you might be curious about how the Chinese celebrate Easter.

Easter eggs

For the most part, Chinese people don’t celebrate Easter unless they happen to be Catholic, Orthodox, or another Christian denomination. However, there are a lot of American expats in China who do celebrate Easter. Let’s take a look at how they do it.

In China, Easter is often treated like a miniature Chinese New Year, complete with special music, feasting, and red paper decorations. Americans living in China also celebrate much as they would at home – with the Easter Bunny, Easter eggs, and some church services. Nevertheless, the appeal of the holiday is not lost on some Chinese citizens.

Many Chinese people enjoy learning about and honoring American customs, and for some, this means celebrating Easter. They make traditional foods, decorate Easter eggs, and even have special Easter sales. If you’re living in China thanks to a relationship hailing from Chinese dating sites, this might make you feel a little more at home!

Asian dating during the Chinese New Year

If you’re into Asian dating, you might also be celebrating the Chinese New Year. In an effort to make the most of this festive time, a number of restaurants are offering special menus and events throughout the United States.

Homemade Asian Vegeterian Potstickers

If you are going to be in the Beverly Hills area and doing a little Asian dating, why not stop by Hakkasan Beverly Hills? The restaurant will be offering special delicacies and a wishing tree in honor of the Chinese New Year through Sunday, March 1st.

As you might already know, the Chinese New Year is a time of feasting and fun. The dishes prepared for this event are meant to bring good luck and good fortune for the coming year. Inspired by the Chinese New Year, Hakkasan Beverly Hills is offering a special eight-course menu that includes the likes of Sha cha mock duck with cloud ear, bamboo shoot, and celery as well as abalone and dry scallop fried rice. The kumquat wishing tree is a great way to leave your hopes and dreams to come true.

Hakkasan Beverly Hills isn’t the only place in the L.A. area that is offering a special Chinese New Year menu. Shanghai Rose in Studio City and Patina at Walt Disney Concert Hall will also be celebrating, although the foods they offer will be unique to their establishments.

Wherever you choose to go, have a Happy Chinese New Year!

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!

Belong to a Chinese dating site? Learn what not to say

When you join a Chinese dating site, chances are you might become involved romantically with someone who does not speak English as a first language. In addition, you probably don’t know much about communicating in Mandarin (or Cantonese). However, there are a few things you really need to learn.

Chinese language learning concept

If you took a foreign language class in school, you probably learned that a lot of the idioms we use all the time in English don’t translate well into other languages. In fact, sometimes these phrases are taken quite literally and can be shocking to someone who is new to the language. A good example of this might be “raining cats and dogs”.

If this happens when translating from English to another language, why wouldn’t the same be true the other way around? Well, it actually is – and this might not be something your Chinese dating site goes over, so pay attention!

One thing you must learn right away is not to call a Chinese woman “xiao jie” because she might interpret it as “prostitute”! You might think that it is a term of respect, because often it is. In Singapore, for example, it isn’t uncommon for one to address a female stranger as “xiao jie”, which is the Mandarin equivalent of “Miss”. However, in northern China, the same phrase is a derogatory term for a prostitute, which is something many women would not appreciate!

When it comes to communicating in other languages, it is always best to be safe rather than sorry. Instead of “xiao jie”, you might want to stick with “xiao gu niang” or “gu niang”, both of which are more widely accepted as “miss” or “madam”.

Good luck!