In China, women are allowed to marry at 20, and men at 22. About 8.3 million couples were married in China in 2003, only a 3 percent increase from the year before.
As you may expect, dating is a little bit different in China than it is in most Western countries.
The basics are the same—people are people everywhere—but there are still a few differences regarding culture and social cues to note.
For a lot of Chinese people, serious dating starts after they’ve finished school.
More so than Westerners, many Chinese view dating as a pragmatic affair.
So much so, that my husband didn't ask to date me, he asked me to be with him for the rest of his life. Compared to most of their Western counterparts, Chinese men start thinking about marriage much earlier in the relationship.
So, if you're dating a Chinese guy, make sure to figure out what the both of you want out of the relationship so you can manage expectations.
Those born in the eighties and nineties fare a bit better, although prominent imbalances still exists: 136 unmarried men for every 100 unmarried women in the eighties and 110 unmarried men for every 100 unmarried women in the nineties.
In total, in these age groups there are 23.15 million more unmarried men than unmarried women.
In the old days, marriages and weddings were worked out by families, following rules laid out by ancient traditions.