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Asian dating leads you to China? Know business hours

For many, Asian dating online inevitably leads to a trip to China to meet in person.  And for some, this journey may be one’s very first trip to China – a beautiful country with lots of history and culture, much of it very different from countries in the West.

New York Chinatown

But are business hours very different?  Travelers should know the basics, which we are happy to share with you!

  • The Chinese workweek is typically five days from Monday through Friday consisting of eight hours a day and no more than 44 hours per week.  Saturdays and Sundays are usually off.
  • Most businesses are open during the week from 8:00 AM to 6:00PM, with a lunch break usually from 12:00PM to 2:00PM.  These hours may vary slightly based on the business and location.  Government offices adhere to the same schedule, but are typically open from 9:00AM to 5:00PM during the week only.
  • Scenic sights, post offices, and banks are typically open from about 8:30AM to 6:00PM, but hours may vary.  Hospitals and other medical centers are also usually open 24-hours a day.  Hotels, supermarkets, department stores, restaurants, bars, and most shops are also open daily, including public holidays.
  • Coach stations, airports, and railway stations are open from the first outbound trip to the last, some of which are 24-hours a day.  However, some ticket counters inside may be closed during that period.

 

Of course, if you plan to visit China because of your successful Asian dating, you’ll also need to remember that the country has a number of public holidays.  It is during these holidays that the business hours mentioned above may be modified or places may be closed so always check before you travel!

Chinese dating helpline launched

At the end of December, a 24-hour Chinese dating help hotline was launched in China. The service, which is staffed by 300 psychology experts and volunteers, is intended to help young people who need some romantic advice.

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Will this love hotline actually help ensure that true love runs a little smoother in China? It is hoped that it will help young singles figure out what they want or need from a particular relationship or how to get into the dating game.

The Chinese dating helpline is a joint project by Shanghai East China Normal University, the Shanghai Women’s Federation, and the Shanghai Matchmaking Association. It will be free to use.

Studies and surveys conducted by the aforementioned organizations indicate that insecurity is one of the biggest barriers to love. The psychology experts manning the lines hope to tackle this issue.

Dating in China is a little bit different from dating in the West, which is something that many men learn quickly when they join Chinese dating sites and begin the process. This is also apparent to Westerners who are living in China. In fact, this hotline might actually even be helpful for non-Chinese individuals hoping to date in the country or have a relationship with someone from the culture.

However, you need to speak Chinese if you plan on calling in; the service is currently only available in Chinese.

Chinese dating site members might enjoy Longqing Gorge Ice and Snow Festival

If you belong to a Chinese dating site, chances are high that you might be interested in traveling to China one of these days to meet someone special. China is a wonderful place to visit any time of year, but if your travels will be taking you there between January and February, you might want to check out the Longqing Gorge Ice and Snow Festival.

Ice scultpure carving

The Longqing Gorge Ice and Snow Festival is celebrated from January 15th through February 28th in the city of Beijing. The festival is named for the Longqing Gorge, which is sometimes referred to as “Little Three Gorges” after the gorges in the Three Gorges Dam Project. The gorge itself is named after Emperor Longqing from the Ming Dynasty.

Nestled between two majestic mountain peaks, the Longqing Gorge is widely known as the site for the yearly Ice and Snow Festival, which is certainly a sight to behold. Enormous blocks of ice are carved into spectacular shapes such as animals, human figures, and even lanterns. There are also plenty of ceremonies, performances, folk dancing, exhibitions, pageants, and spectacular fireworks.

Whatever you do, don’t miss the festival at night. Colorful lights illuminate the ice and snow sculptures, making it a breathtakingly romantic spot, especially if that lovely lady you’ve been dating online via that Chinese dating site accompanies you!

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.