You can find friends, pen pals, a lover, a boyfriend, a girlfriend in Chinese for free.
Every year, there are thousands of happy relationships and marriages generated from online Chinese dating sites.
In Chinese culture unmarried women in their late twenties and beyond are labeled “leftover women” or 剩女.
Sick of unsuccessful blind dates set up by her parents and unable to stand the social scrutiny of meeting potential dates at bars in her city, Zhou registered on Jiayuan, a Chinese dating website.
The site is typically used by young singles between 24 and 35 and is commonly viewed as a tool for seeking long-term relationships and possibly marriage.
She found that it was not only easy to use and fit the pace of her busy professional life, but it also expanded her dating pool beyond local men in her city to access potential partners of better quality from other regions.