Speed dating beijing
Living as I do in a city as vibrant and bizarre as Beijing has its good points – and its bad.Although exciting and unpredictable, from its fascinating culture to its mind-bending language, it’s certainly not an ideal place to find long-term love, no matter how beautiful, smart, successful and hilarious you may be.
Quite why I once agreed to a second date with a guy from Sweden who wore white socks that came up to his mid-calves and who rattled on endlessly about his Chinese ex-girlfriend, I can’t be sure.
Most Western women shy away from the prospect of having a Chinese boyfriend: they find them too traditional, overly effeminate (it doesn’t help that many carry handbags and adore boybands such as Westlife), and the cultural barrier too immense to overcome.
So at the ripe age of 30, I have given up on trying to find my Mr Right. In Beijing, even the most average Western men are able to attract pretty Chinese girls, who seem to be under the impression that they have all the style and sophistication of Daniel Craig.
As a result, the streets of the city are filled with smug-looking Western guys holding hands with their pint-sized Chinese princesses.
Need to cut down the things to do and see in Beijing, because of the short vacation time?
Generally, it is doable to see the iconic sites of Beijing in one day, while needs a week to explore and experience its hidden charm thoroughly.