Chinese customs on dating

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These days, Western-style dating often only takes place in universities, where young people are beyond the supervision of their parents and can do what they want.

One young man told The Times: “I’d like a girlfriend who is kind-hearted, who believes in me and is faithful.

In the past girls began pinning up their hair at the age of 15 to indicate they were eligible for marriage. Girls mostly stayed at home and were rarely in the company of non-family members.

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Sharp inequalities of wealth have created new fault lines in society, while the largest rural-to-urban migration in history has blurred many of the old ones.

She shouldn’t be with me and other men at the same time.” Asian-style dating often involves groups of young women and young men going out together in group for a meal or for a drink, or to a karaoke.

If they go to a nightclub, men and women dance together in a group.

As many as 300 million rural Chinese have moved to cities in the last three decades.

Uprooted and without nearby relatives to help arrange meetings with potential partners, these migrants are often lost in the swell of the big city.

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