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Old romance and Chinese dating in Beijing

When you think of one of the most romantic cities in the world, Paris probably comes to mind, but for Chinese dating, Beijing is a good place for anyone who dares to seek a little romance.  Beijing might not be the obvious choice for a romantic setting, but it is a wonderful place for a romantic getaway for Chinese nationals and visitors alike.

Beijing

Don’t let the snarling traffic and gleaming skyscrapers put you off. This old city offers a new take on old romance, which can only take Chinese dating to the next exciting level.

The hotels

Beijing offers some really plush and luxurious hotels harkening back to China’s imperial greatness.  For example, Aman at Summer Palace was actually once the guesthouse of the empress during Emperor Qianlong’s reign. With its expansive grounds and lush gardens, you’ll never want to leave the premises, which also offers spacious spa rooms for couples pampering.  The city also features a number of ultra modern hotels, villas, and resorts.

The scenery

You can visit the Great Wall, but Beijing has so much more to offer, especially in the city center.  Take a stroll through Ritan or Beihai Park; the former features elegant scarlet temples while the latter is an imperial garden and home to the Confucius Temple.  Don’t miss Houhai at night, with its 1920s music and soft lanterns.  Urban and modern counterparts complement these beautiful yet historic places.

The food

Chinese culture is intimately entwined with its culinary delights, which means you can’t enjoy a romantic escape to Beijing without incorporating food into the mix.  Because Beijing is such a large and international city, you will be able to choose from a wide selection of fare, but keep it authentic.  Visit Le Quai, which offers Nouveau Chinese dishes, or one of the local Sichuan places and you won’t be disappointed.

Many Chinese girls like romantic movies

If you’re going to date Chinese girls, you might want to learn a thing or two about the most romantic Asian movies.  Most people think that every Asian movie is about Kung Fu or martial arts or that the majority of them are scary horror flicks.  The truth of the matter is that many of them are pretty romantic – perfect for a movie night with Chinese girls.

Heart shapes film reels

If you want to know what to put on your Netflix, read on…

  • Comrades, Almost a Love Story (Hong Kong, 1996) – Directed by Peter Chan Ho-sun, this film is based on the book of the same name and follows a pair of star-crossed lovers who tempt fate and take chances to see if their love will stand the test of time.
  • Farewell My Concubine (China, 1993) – Spanning a 50-year period, this film directed by Chen Kaige is filled with passion, intrigue, and heartache.  This sensual story about a Peking opera star tormented by a broken heart and unfulfilled desire is the only Chinese movie to ever win the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival.
  • The Love Eterne (Hong Kong, 1963) – This musical film directed by Li Han-hsiang draws plenty of inspiration from The Butterfly Lover and tells the tale of a girl dressed as a boy who is deeply in love with her best friend.  It’s a magically sweet movie.
  • Spring in a Small Town (China, 1948) – This movie, which was remade in 2002, is one of the most romantic Asian films out there.  Directed by Fei Mu and set in China as it recovers from war, the film follows a couple that struggles to stay together even after their initial passion has fizzled out.  The underlying themes are resilience and commitment.
  • You are the Apple of My Eye (Taiwan, 2011) – Although this movie might appeal more to teens, it is worth watching.  It’s the sweet story of the girl everyone wants but only one boy can make a move.  It reminds us of what love is really all about: surprise, excitement, and fun.

The Beijing Chrysanthemum Festival is perfect for Asian dating

If you plan to be in Beijing any time between September 26th and November 16th of this year, be sure to set some time aside to check out the Beijing Chrysanthemum Festival, which is an ideal event for Asian dating!

Orange chysanthemums

Every fall, this fascinating festival takes place, allowing visitors and locals to enjoy the fine autumn weather and view thousands of colorful flowers on exhibit.

The chrysanthemum is one of China’s four traditional flowers: there is a long history of chrysanthemums in China, but in the early 20th century, the flowers began to decline.  This festival was actually founded in an effort to revitalize an interest in the traditional culture of the flower.

Why is this festival so great for Asian dating?  First of all, what girl doesn’t love flowers?  Take her to a festival dedicated to flowers and it’s a done deal!  On top of that, you’ll enjoy the exhibit and will learn a lot about China’s flower culture.

If this is something that interests you, make plans now.  Although you can view and even purchase chrysanthemums in several parks throughout the city, your best bet is in Beihai Park, which is known for its serene and unparalleled staging for the festival.  You’ll also want to check out the display at the International Flower Port.

You won’t need to purchase tickets in advance, but it will be helpful to check the weather before you go because the festival is primarily outside.

Chemistry on the first date with Asian singles

Are you dating Asian singles?  Going on a first date – and sometimes even a second date – can be a flurry of emotions complete with butterflies in the stomach.  How do you know if that feeling is good chemistry or just that spicy food you ate for dinner?

First date

Here are some telltale signs that the chemistry is good:

  • You’re a little nervous – but in a good way!  It’s good to be a little nervous thinking about the date.  A positive level of curiosity and excitement is a good sign, especially when you are going out with someone new.  This is especially true for those you’ve been corresponding with online and meeting for the very first time in person.
  • You soon relax.  You might be nervous for the first few minutes of the date, but you’ll soon relax and really enjoy yourself.  After the giggling, nervous smiles, and breaking the ice with small talk, you both will become more comfortable and truly enjoy each other’s company.
  • You’re still curious.  If there is a mutual attraction, you’ll both feel curious about the other.  Asking questions and uncovering things you have in common are all part of the fun.  The first date is all about exchanging information, so enjoy it.
  • There’s a kiss.  Although you might have heard that Asian singles don’t kiss on the first date, that isn’t always true.  If you get a kiss at the end of the night, you know you’re on the right track.  Just remember to take it slow and respect her culture and values.