Over the last 10-15 years in Asia, the phenomenon of Chinese girls dating foreign or “western” men has grown exponentially.

These days, you can’t help but notice mixed race couples almost everywhere when you travel around any Asian city or even to smaller towns.

What’s the attraction of Chinese girls to foreign men?

Although it seems extreme, in the not too distant past, the families of some Chinese girls actually forbade their daughters to talk to, never mind get involved with, a man not of their own ethnicity as other people often looked down on Chinese girls in a relationship with a foreign man, accusing the girl in question of all sorts of imaginary misdeeds.

Yet, as with many things, the situation has changed and large numbers of Chinese girls now have foreign boyfriend or even husbands… why?

Well, the list of reasons can be quite long but here are just a few, important pointers:

a number of Chinese girls feel that a foreign man offers more stability, and is less likely to have a string of girlfriends or affairs; he may, on the whole, treat her better than his Asian counterparts who, in the typically male dominated societies of Asia, are allowed to “get away with” many things considered unacceptable in western culture

the career oriented, ‘’go-getter’’ type of Chinese girl who might feel somewhat repressed in her home society can flourish with a foreign man who treats her more like an equal and, probably, actually encourages her career and her lifestyle. Many western societies are far more comfortable with gender equality and with educational and professional opportunities being available for women

in some cases, Chinese girls focus on their career for first 7-8 years post- graduation, possibly to the detriment of her social and love life; now she is 27 or more and carries the stigma of being a “leftover woman”; too old for local men—yet a foreign man has no such qualms about age and often cherishes a well educated, well travelled, feminine woman

Some “do’s” and “don’ts” for foreign men dating Chinese girls

So, now we know some of the key attractions of Chinese girls to foreign men, what about some of the key points of etiquette and manners?dating Chinese girls

Chinese culture and society are multi- layered and it’s relatively easy to give offence to a Chinese girl without intending to do so. Clearly, misunderstandings and some miscommunications are going to arise in the early days but an application of good common sense and pragmatism usually can help prevent or solve any major issue which may arise.

Here are some key points for foreign men to bear in mind when dating Chinese girls:

if you are not serious about the relationship with your Chinese girlfriend, don’t visit her parents and family; however, do enquire about their general wellbeing, health and any newsworthy matters she may have mentioned

don’t dominate or be the centre of attention at social gatherings—you need to earn respect from the friend of your Chinese girl and her family. Be relatively humble, polite and not overbearing, even if it’s not your usual character

giving and receiving “face” is an integral part of Chinese society and you really don’t want to be guilty of upsetting possible potential future in-laws;
avoid any issue which may cause disrespect or show lack of respect to the Chinese girl’s family

avoid shouting, swearing or getting angry as general misbehaviour is severely frowned upon by Chinese girls and may be a relationship breaker. Keep your patience in public no matter what the situation

generally behave in a gentlemanly manner as this greatly appeals to Chinese girls and can set you aside from many local men. Don’t drink too much alcohol, try not to smoke and certainly don’t take drugs

Differences between traditional and modern Chinese girls

Picking the right type of Chinese girl, like any romantic attachment, is driven by our emotions, and is hardly the same as picking, say, a colour to paint the bathroom walls—is it? Pink or blue, red or green?

We base our choices on our inner feelings, and our perceptions of the physical beauty or attractiveness of our potential mate.

traditional Chinese girls

However, the question may arise whether your Chinese girl is a “traditional” or a “modern” woman but even this becomes secondary to the primary “suitability for mating” requirements which our brains have already sub-consciously noted and endorsed!

Still, let’s see if we can define “traditional” and “modern” characteristics that many foreign men perceive as attributable to the two “options” of Chinese girls available:

“modern” Chinese girls, it can be argued, may be: outgoing, independent, that is not financially or emotionally dependent on a man or on their family; career minded; well educated; able to live and travel alone; in some cases, not wanting children to impinge on their lifestyle.

alternatively, if we look at how we can describe “traditional” Chinese girls, we may say they are: family centric; studious; strongly loyal to their man; relatively shy/humble; conservative in outlook and demeanour; homely, as in taking care of the home and children, or not working full time; and, finally….., dare I say it, subservient

Of course, these “characteristics” can be added to or discussed at length, but the key question is: do you know any Chinese girl these days who neatly fits exactly into one of these categories or the other?

In reality, most Chinese girls I know possess a handful of characteristics from each “list” and, therefore, can be considered as a rather nice blend of the old and the new; our modern, fast paced, constantly changing society has shaped Chinese girls not only to be different physically from that they were 10-15 years ago, but also changed them mentally, their behaviours and their outlook on life.

Key character traits of Chinese girls once they are dating you

Let’s be honest, once a Chinese girl has found you attractive or interesting enough to start dating, she will be, in many ways, similar to most women the world over.
Chinese girl

Once the initial shyness has dissipated and your Chinese girlfriend gets to know you better, know your likes and dislikes—and of course you get to know hers—you’ll start to see a whole new persona being to emerge.

She’ll almost certainly become more confident in her English language ability and you’ll be surprised how quickly, and how well, Chinese girls can argue or scold you in English—if the need arises of course; the trick, though, is not to give her the reason to do this!

Your Chinese girl will also become more openly loving; maybe often holding your hand, touching your arm, maybe resting her head in the area between your head and shoulder and so on. Bear in mind, though, that she will also become more possessive and it’s wise not to look too long at other pretty Chinese girls if your lady is around. Certainly don’t attempt to talk to such other girls, otherwise you may have a major issue on your hands!

In common with many other Asian women it can be observed that a large number of Chinese girls act relatively immature compared to their real age, and certainly compared to many western women. They’ll play children’s computer games for hours on end; play with a “Hello Kitty” doll or figurine or just generally act in a childish way. Quite why I am not sure, although it might be attention seeking—but this is something most foreign men seem to be able to live with if all of the other traits of their Chinese girl meet their ideals!

Without doubt, Chinese girls dating and marrying foreign men is an irreversible phenomenon which started many, many years ago but, given the huge increases in the volume of such matches, is now right at the forefront of most societies.

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  • AsteroidSized Zit

    Uh no, the main reason is these are “left over women”. Look it up. Literally everyone in China already knows this.

  • AsteroidSized Zit

    This is the truth.

    Data made available by the Ministry of Civil Affairs of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) on the number of Chinese-foreign marriages (涉外婚姻) registered in mainland China between 1979 and 2010 suggest three key points:

    Chinese-foreign marriage is a recent and small phenomenon;
    most mainland Chinese marrying this way are women; and
    most marriages are cross-border, or intra-Asian, rather than international.

    Marriages between PRC citizens and foreign nationals comprise the second largest category of Chinese foreign marriages registered in mainland China between 1979 and 2010. Around 300 foreign nationals registered such a marriage in 1979. That figure rose to a peak of over 26,000 people in 2001 and declined to nearly 23,000 in 2010.


    Peaked in 2001, over 10 years ago. The ONE thing foreigners had going for them was money, and it is quite obvious that Chinese are the ones with money these days. The business world already knows this, same with national governments. Normal people are just starting to realize, this is only going to be more commonly known as time goes on.

  • Marshall Kilman

    I’m an old US Navy guy who has been to just about all the Asian countries and Taiwan came out on top back in 1975 as where the most beautiful girls where. They picked you out and I got lucky with two twins, both unbelievable beautiful. Now I’m back in Texas where the other half of the planet sports beautiful girls, mostly latina and french heritage…the closer you get to these two places, the more beautiful the girls get!

  • Taraveah

    wow, what an incredibly sexist article, with a whole load of stereotypes and very short on reality. So Chinese women are the only women that find vulgar language, drinking too much, smoking, using drugs and cheating on their partner offensive? Chinese women are the only women that would expect their significant other to be respectful to their parents? All Chinese women value humility etc. etc. etc. and other women don’t? All Chinese women are loyal and “homely”? pftt hahahahahahahaha The only thing I can agree with after knowing several Chinese women, is yes, they are incredibly immature and materialistic. Better make sure your income can afford things like $600.00 coach purses and name brand everything and that you enjoy Hello Kitty, Anime and Mickey Mouse.

    • Lily

      I agree that this article is extremely sexist (I get the sense that this is a joke but I’m not too sure now..) but how the heck do you know how Chinese women are when you only know SEVERAL!?! So they are all incredibly immature and materialistic? Thanks for generalizing. What Chinese women are you referring to? The ones in the US or mainland? I’m guessing the former since it doesn’t seem you would be exposed to women in China. I’m sorry but your assumption is absolute crap. I’m not materialistic and I do not consider myself immature (unless you think me standing up for myself is immature). I know some people are this way, but ALL types of women from different backgrounds can be materialistic. And there will always be women who aren’t, so please shut up before you generalize. And no, I do not like Hello Kitty or Anime. (I am a Disney fan. BITE ME!)

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  • Nice! Made some good points I think foreigners definitely have the advantage when it comes to dating Chinese girls in some aspects. Any suggestions when you start getting serious?

  • Chinese girls are one of the most materialistic and cunning girls on the planet. To marry one, you need to have a nice, and a nice car otherwise forget it! Due to the one child policy in China, and the huge gender imbalance, Chinese girls nowadays have completely unrealistic standards in a partner while offering very little in return. Because of their own delusions of grandeur, many end up as left over women.