Who says Chinese are less romantic than others? Look how
many sexy festivals China has:
Valentine’s Day on February 14: It is
now widely accepted by the urban Chinese, celebrated with
flowers, chocolates and a candle-lit dinner. But it gets
no luck in vast countryside in which 80 percent of population
live. Some remote rural areas just start running electricity,
and the villagers would wonder what’s the fun in going
back to candles.
Qixi, Chinese Valentine’s Day on Lunar July 7: It
begins to be considered as the China's answer to the Italian-style
romance. But instead of having a priest as a matchmaker,
Chinese have a god as a matchbreaker.
White Valentine’s Day on March 14: This
year a gift shop owner in Fujian Province became the first
Chinese to realise that when Valentine shouted, the echo
would return after one month.
Bachelors Day on November 11: A new invention
by young Chinese. It sounds anti-romantic, but in fact
it is like a nation-wide Bachelor’s Party and harbours
a romantic hope that let tonight be the last lonely night.
Bachelor Day's Party
Couples Day on February 22: Another recent
invention by China’s young. Bachelor Day’s dream has been
Then there are numerous dating activities:
"1 Minute Dating" - A great
leap forward from the slow Western version of "8 Minutes
Dating". Why 8 minutes when 1 minute can do the trick,
Chinese say. It might be reasonable, considering there
are much more singles out there in China than in any other
country. You have to speed up your selection process, haven’t
"3 to 3" - A leap further forward
from "1 minute", which is not only great but
revolutionary. Spend one minute dating one person? So time
consuming! Let’s have three guys and three girls dating
together, that way each can date three simultaneously.
"5 to 5" - A mass improvement
to "3 to 3". Five guys and five girls, all at
once, more efficient naturally.
"One to All" - An ultimate
way of dating. By wearing a handmade black wristband embroidered
with the red capital letter M for English word Marry, you
can advertise your intention to marry to whomever you meet.
It first appeared in Shanghai in May, and has flourished
Valentine’s Day. Now there are estimated 2000 plus
wrists with a black band in Shanghai alone.
Apparently not only China's economy is in the fast lane,
its love and dating have also entered the highway.
"Love you a little, my feeling is shallow… " (“不爱那么多只爱一点点，别人的爱情像海深我的爱情浅…”)
- The lyric of a pop song has vividly portrayed a fast-food
style romance in today’s China.