In the past two decades, the World Wide Web has drastically reconfigured the way we work and communicate with each other. What once used to take days to get done can now be accomplished with a click of the mouse. The efficiency of this brave new digital world has led many people to give up the way they were used to doing things in the real world and embrace a new virtual lifestyle.
Online dating is probably one of the best examples of how the internet can help diminish distances and bring people together. So if you are looking for a Chinese girlfriend, but don´t have the time or resources to actually go to China, then the internet will be a great place for you to start looking. In fact, there are several ways you can use the internet in order to find a Chinese wife or girlfriend. The easiest and most straight forward way to get started is to simply search for pen pal websites and other social networks. These portals, usually allow you to narrow your search by country and age, making it more convenient for you to locate the Chinese girl of your dreams. Another advantage of this method is that you will almost always gain access to user profiles, which will reveal all you need to know about their preferences and their looks. Be aware of fake profiles and never give out sensitive information about yourself.
If you want to communicate well with your future Chinese girlfriend, you will need to be familiar with some of the tools she is using to communicate in the internet. Because the Chinese internet is restricted when it comes to accessing foreign systems, they have developed their own versions of instant messengers, social networks and online communities. One great way to start interacting with the Chinese online community is by downloading yourself a fresh copy of QQ International or using your existing Hotmail account to create a profile on Weibo. In case you are not familiar with neither of them, QQ is China´s most popular instant messenger and Weibo is the Chinese version of Twitter. One great feature of QQ is that it will allow you to search for contacts and filter results by age, gender and region. You may also make yourself available for voice and video chats.
If you have an iOS or an Android System, you should definitely try out WeChat (or Weixin) as well as the mobile version of QQ. The advantage of WeChat, is that it will allow you to leave voice clips to your Chinese girl and make sure she wakes up every day to the sound of your voice. Both WeChat and QQ Mobile, have a unique radar feature, which will allow you to actually scan for chat partners around your area. So if you are in China and you are single, this is a great way to go around hunting for that very special Chinese girl of your dreams. Even if you are outside of China, this might be a great way to meet single Chinese women living abroad.
Last, but not least, you should definitely give RenRen a try. Ren Ren is the Chinese version of Facebook and it has a very familiar look and feel. It is also home to millions of profiles, which can be searched by gender, company or educational institution. This is particularly handy if you are a student in a Chinese university or an expat working in China and want to know a little bit more about that very special Chinese girl you have been flirting with during the lunch hours.
One issue to keep in mind is that apart from QQ International, most of these systems don´t offer an English version. Creating a profile in Chinese might be a challenge for non-chinese speakers, but even this obstacle can be overcome with the right tool. Simply use a light-weight browser, like Google Chrome, capable of translating web pages on the fly.
Now that you know where to look, download the tools you need today and go reach out to your future Chinese girlfriend!