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Understanding Chinese Cultures

What Chinese dating sites won’t tell you about cherries

When you sign up for Chinese dating sites, you probably don’t expect to learn anything about the availability of cherries in China. However, this is actually a topic worth exploring.

fresh red cherries

With the Chinese New Year right around the corner – the big celebration happens this year on February 18th – there was a question as to whether or not the country would have enough cherries for the celebration because it falls later than usual this year.

Thanks to some really great timing for Tasmanian growers, there will be no cherry shortage! In fact, 2015 may very well be the year of the Tasmanian cherry.

In case you didn’t already know, the Chinese New Year is based on the lunar cycle and the dates are shifted every year. Because the dates move around so much, there is no guarantee that a particular year will have a good cherry harvest.

Cherries are a big part of the celebration and are often given as gifts during this time. Most cherries are a deep, rich red – a color that is revered in Chinese culture. The Chinese believe that the color red brings good luck. This is why they give a red envelope that contains money at weddings and other celebrations.

When you’re chatting to any lovely ladies you’ve met on any Chinese dating sites, now you know a little bit about cherries and the Chinese New Year!

Christmas, and Chinese dating

When you’ve met someone on a Chinese dating site, the topic of holidays and religion is likely to come up. For example, she might not celebrate Christmas, but perhaps you do.

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In China, Christmas is not a public holiday simply because less than 1 percent of the population is Christian. However, it is a public holiday in Hong Kong and Macau. The holiday season typically runs from December 1st through January 6th.

Despite the fact that Christmas isn’t a public holiday, it has been steadily gaining popularity over the years. However, there are regional differences in how the day is observed.

The holiday is celebrated most frequently in cities like Shanghai, Beijing, and Guangzhou. It is also interesting to note that the further west in China you go, the less Christmas is celebrated.

When a Chinese family celebrates Christmas, the celebration might not necessarily have religious overtones. Many families use the holiday as an excuse to plan a family get-together and exchange gifts. The reality is that many Chinese people don’t even realize it is a religious holiday or understand the significance of the festivities.

If Chinese dating brings you to China in December around Christmastime, you won’t feel so far away. You’ll hear carols on the airwaves; “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” and “Jingle Bells” are two of the most loved songs. You’ll also see Christmas trees, candles in the windows, and holiday lights on display in some areas.

Ancient tombs, opulent clothes and a Chinese dating site

If you’ve joined a Chinese dating site, you will need to learn a little bit about Chinese culture, art and history. The good news is that we’ve got just the story for you!

Ming Dynasty Tombs in Beijing, China

Archaeologists recently uncovered a 500-year-old tomb filled with opulent clothing that dates back to the Ming Dynasty. The tomb also happens to belong to a husband and wife. The elaborately decorated tomb was filled with well-preserved clothing as well as the couple’s wooden coffins lying next to one another. The individual coffins were both encased within a larger outer coffin.

The wife was interred in very fine clothing, some of which featured a gold thread pattern woven into flowers, insects, and treasures. Her footwear was also finely decorated. The husband was also buried with fine clothing, complete with several gowns with intricate patterns and details.

The tomb’s contents were preserved remarkably well over the years thanks to excellently sealed containers. This is quite amazing given the fact that the archaeological team believes it was built around the time of Emperor Jiajing, whose reign lasted from 1521 to 1567.

This long-dead couple didn’t find their match on a Chinese dating site, but this fascinating find makes us appreciate true love when we find it. How lovely is it that this husband and wife were buried together in all their glory?

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!