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Dating Asian women at the Hungry Ghost Festival

If you are interested in dating Asian women, it is a good idea to learn as much about their culture as possible.  This shows that you are interested in their heritage and want to learn more about them.  Part of this process might actually involve a trip to China.

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If you are planning to travel to China in August, you might be interested in attending the Hungry Ghost Festival, which is scheduled to commence on August 10th.  This festival is an age-old custom that pays tribute to dead people and their ghosts and is the most important celebration to take place during Hungry Ghost month.

Every year, on the 15th day of the seventh lunar month – usually July or August – people throughout China celebrate the Hungry Ghost Festival.  The primary focus is to celebrate and worship ancestors.  Asian women and men perform special ceremonies such as burning incense, placing the family’s ancestral tablets on a table, and preparing special meals all to avoid the wrath of hungry ghosts.  Food is left for the ghosts, who might be hungry after wandering the land since the beginning of the month.

Although it is always nice to honor the dead, the Hungry Ghost Festival has a pretty horrifying background and happened to be the scariest month of the year for thousands of years.  Legend says that the ghosts of Chinese ancestors are let out of Hell for the month and they are in search of weird entertainment.  Many Chinese avoid going swimming or being outside alone at night in fear of enemy ghosts.

Not enough Chinese women for single Chinese men?

Lately, it seems as though there is a growing problem of too many single Chinese men when compared to the number of single Chinese women.

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According to recent statistics, the number of senior citizens is growing and the number of younger working class singles is shrinking.  This imbalance is found in almost every country across the globe, but it is particularly noticeable in China, where the population is so huge.

Part of this social phenomenon is the fact that there is a growing number of young Chinese men that will likely never marry due to the country’s one-child policy and the practice of many single Chinese women looking to marry Westerners.

Can you picture what it must be like to live in a society where about 25 percent of adult men will never have been married – and not by choice?  This is a pretty amazing phenomenon.  So, what are young single Chinese men to do?

Some men might start to marry younger women in both China and abroad.  This will likely increase their chances of marrying and is already in practice.  It is not uncommon to see an older Chinese man married to a much younger woman.  With growing numbers of unmarried Chinese men on the horizon, these types of relationships might become even more commonplace.

Other men might turn to online dating to meet someone abroad to increase the likelihood of meeting that special someone.  In fact, this is something that is already quite common!

Dating Asian women and adopting kids

As you continue dating Asian women, the time might come when you want to settle down and maybe even get married.  One day, the two of you might even want to have children.  Perhaps you move to China to start a new life together.

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What happens when the topic of having kids comes up?  Perhaps the two of you will want to adopt, but how does adoption work in China?  As you know, dating Asian women is a little different from dating American women, so why wouldn’t adoption practices be different as well?

According to the laws in China (the Adoption Law of the People’s Republic of China, to be exact), foreigners are allowed to adopt both male and female children under age 14 in the country.  The categories of kids that can be adopted include orphaned children, abandoned children, and children whose natural parents are not capable of providing for them.

It is important to understand that when a foreigner adopts a kid in China, that adoption must be approved not only in China but also in that individual’s resident country.  The prospective parents must also have no other children, neither through birth nor adoption; be capable of raising and educating the child; have no significant illnesses that might affect raising a child; and be at least 30 years old.

As a foreigner, you’ll also need to provide a number of items along with your application for adoption including:

  • Birth certificate
  • Marital status certificate
  • Certificates of property, profession, and income
  • Health examination certificate
  • Criminal record certificate
  • A home study report explaining your lifestyle, family, and finances
  • Photos

Additionally, there are a number of other rules you will want to learn about, especially if you are serious about adopting a Chinese child.  Good luck!

Chinese dating tip: Visiting the family in China

When you are involved in a romantic Chinese dating relationship, you are going to have to meet your partner’s family eventually.  This often means taking a trip to China.

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Visiting a foreign country can be exciting, and a trip to meet your new love interest’s family can make the trip even more thrilling.  Don’t blow it by not knowing how to behave when you meet the family in person.

In China, people are generally very hospitable, but there are formalities that you should follow if you have been invited into the family home. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Don’t show up unannounced; arrange a time for the visit and make sure you arrive on time.
  • Always bring a gift as a polite gesture.  Remember, it is the thought that counts, so there is no need to break the bank.
  • If you have an overcoat, raingear, or hat, give it to the host for proper placement.
  • In most cases, you will want to remove your shoes when entering a Chinese home.  However, if the host is wearing shoes, you may ask if they want you to remove yours.
  • Greet everyone there, even people you do not know.
  • Only sit down after you have been invited to do so.
  • If you are offered tea, beverages, snacks, or dim sum, politely thank the host and then help yourself.
  • Don’t ever poke fun at anything in the host’s home.
  • Do not stay for longer than an hour unless you have been specifically invited to do so.
  • Always express your gratitude before leaving.

These general guidelines are a good base for meeting a Chinese family on your trip to China.  Remember, Chinese dating can be exciting and rewarding, but you must learn to truly appreciate and respect the culture if you want your relationship to flourish.