Beijing dating culture

"I'm not looking for the love of my life on dating apps.

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Sun Yang, a public relations director from Momo, told Metropolitan that they have seen more expats using their dating app over the past few years, though they didn't have any statistics detailing their number of foreign users.

Another dating app, Tantan, didn't reply to Metropolitan's calls as of press date, but according to Metropolitan's count, it contains around one expat user for every 10 Chinese users in expat-heavy neighborhoods like Guomao and Sanlitun.

Shim added that some Chinese girls have even asked if he comes from a wealthy family like in the famous South Korean TV series .

Flings vs serious relationships Although dating apps have made it easier to meet more people, the relationships formed are often short-lived and shallow, because they were based in the first place on little more than appearances.

Chinese girls don't have arrogance is the best way to explain it, I guess." In his experience, Chinese girls on Tantan usually start conversations by asking where he comes from and what he does in Beijing, before asking for his We Chat, and then if he wants to meet up."But I think it's too quick," Bruce said. Andrew, a Brit in Beijing who's been using Chinese dating apps for five months, says he quickly discovered that while women in the West generally start out chatting about shared interests, Chinese women are more likely to ask about his job and future plans.

He recalls one Chinese girl who, after a single date, began planning their wedding and future together in China."I understand that in China, some girls are facing pressure to get married before a certain age, which drives them to want to get serious faster in relationships," said Andrew.In real life, many expats work so much that they have only limited time to socialize, and when they do, according to Jeff, they mostly hang out with other expats."Dating apps help break that invisible boundary between expats and locals," he said.Chinese dating apps have been seeing growing popularity among expats living in China, in part because many foreigners' social circles are largely limited to other expats, and these apps give them the chance to meet and date locals.Among the most popular apps, both for Chinese and foreign singles, are Tantan, Momo and Skouts.More expats in China are using dating apps to diversify their social circles and romantic options.

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