Chinese dating marriage customs

The most important criteria for a man wanting to date a Chinese woman is to show the utmost respect, courtesy and honor for her and her family.

According to Asian Dating Zone, Chinese suitors know that they are not just dating a Chinese woman, but her entire family, as well.

Western culture permits a very free and easy attitude to dating. The families' wishes are at the heart of any decisions that are made, and courtship is a much more delicate process.

Couples make their own choices, and parents' wishes are often ignored. Chinese families tend to be more traditional in their expectations of how "dating" should be carried out.

During the Han Dynasty, the rulers of the powerful Xiongnu tribe demanded women from the imperial family.

Many periods of Chinese history were dominated by the families of the wife or mother of the ruling emperor.

Socially, the married couple is thought to be the basic unit of society.

Zoe Van-de-Velde began writing in 1990 and contributes to e How and Answerbag.Family is very important to Chinese people; children are respectful of their parents' wishes.Therefore, if the family does not like a suitor, he will struggle in courting the woman.According to Zhang Yi's (張揖) Guangya Shigu (廣雅•釋詁), a dictionary of ancient Chinese characters, 因 (pinyin: yīn) means "friendliness", "love" and "harmony", indicating the correct way of living for a married couple.In Confucian thought, marriage is of grave significance both to families and to society as well as being important for the cultivation of virtue.

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