Online dating is booming everywhere in the world and the country with the highest results – China. It is not surprising considering the level of technological development and population size. Add to this talent of local developers, and we will see why the best dating apps for the Asian market are made by local specialists.
The Niche Of Chinese Singles Dating Apps
The typical dating site in China transformed into a small application even before it becomes a trend in the rest of the world. Men and women from Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou very soon understand the convenience of Chinese dating apps. With their use, you can:
- find a lifetime partner;
- organize a date;
- have a romantic dinner;
- to hook up a beautiful girl or handsome man.
And all those options may be fulfilled thanks to one of the hundreds of applications.
Chinese Dating Apps’s Impact
In the last decade, thousands of Chinese bars and nightclubs owners faced a lack of customers’ problems. Young men and women age 20-35 visit such entertainment venues much less often than the previous generation. The reasons are complex, but the biggest part is this – many Chinese people were visiting bars and nightclubs with such purposes:
- social interaction;
- to find boyfriend/girlfriend;
- to meet a sex partner;
Without a doubt, there were other reasons, but we are interested in these because Chinese dating applications offer the same services with less effort. Basically, the phenomenon of dating apps in China is so powerful that even some of the most successful entertainment venues were forced to stop operating.
The Most Popular Applications
Today, you can find hundreds or even thousands of programs online that provide services to find a romantic partner, friend, or one-night adventure. There are several hundred Chinese dating apps, and only a few have a significant customer base. We have selected the five largest and most popular of them.
- Momo (陌陌);
- Tantan (探探);
- Baihe (百合);
Of course, there are a dozen other good and well-created Chinese dating apps, but these five are very noticeable representatives of the segment. They have great features, different visual designs, options, and purposes, but what unites these five is a result. Users love these Chinese applications not because it is trendy, but because they help to fulfill dreams and desires, make women and men happier in their everyday life.
Probably the most popular mobile dating application on the Chinese market, which, in addition to standard options, also has extra tools for communication and promotion of your profile. In the early years, this Chinese application got a reputation of a simple hookup provider, but with a growth of popularity, the brand started repositioning itself as a social and dating app. Now, it is possible to do shopping, create groups on interests, or even play the games.
How it works: As in a typical Chinese dating app, you will observe profiles of people and decide if you like them or not. Momo shows whether these profiles have been verified on main social networks and whether the user’s phone number has been verified. In general, the mechanics of interaction are very similar to the usual Chinese products in the niche. However, there is a difference – it is possible to set the status of “Wants to communicate”, receive notifications about such users from the application in a given radius around you, as well as simply receive messages from other users, even if they did not like your profile.
Features: This Chinese service has the ability to conduct streams, the promotion of your profile, and view mutual preferences. There are also internal tokens that can be exchanged for profile display or promotion in general coverage. You will also find “duplicates” here – users of your gender who are similar to you or users of the opposite sex who are similar to your favorite. Particular Chinese app has some disadvantages – a large number of abandoned profiles or fakes accounts working as advertisement avatars. Another disadvantage is the non-availability of the international version, which would support English. In the first quarter of 2021, Momo can be operated in Chinese only.
Cost of use: the basic version is free. A membership will cost around USD 2 a month, or less if a user commits to a longer-term of use.
Tantan is designed for those who are only interested in dating with the intention of sex. It is the most popular Chinese hookup app amid all. Many western users point out an almost identical interface and options as in tinder. The program rips-off famous American analog and not only fills a Chinese niche market but supports the English language and can be used in almost all countries.
How it works: The authors of the application emphasize that healthy sexual relations are quite possible without romantic attachment, and everything that remains between the partners should be exclusively between them. Here you have the opportunity to choose a partner as soon as possible from you and agree on the terms of the meeting. Without a doubt, the application is most popular amid Chinese. But users in neighboring with China countries, as well as the United States and European countries, use in actively too.
Features: The authors of the development promise complete anonymity and adequacy of all participants. Tantan is a Chinese duplicate of tinder, so the ease of use is guaranteed. Interesting to know that originally, developers were planning to add new traits. As an example, an hour after the acquaintance, your correspondence with a potential partner would disappear, or persons under the age of 21 would not be allowed to use the service. But such innovations considered too extreme, so we have – what we have.
Cost of use: the basic version of the Tantan Chinese dating app costs nothing. Vip membership is available and has such prices:
- One month – 9 USD/month
- Three month – 6 USD/month
- Twelve-month – 4,5 USD/month
Those who are looking for new Chinese acquaintances not only by gender and interests but also by family-orientation can try the development called Baihe. It is a kind of very serious analog of Tantan, where the obligatory criterion for all users is the serious relationship devotion. Creators are hoping to help people find a livelong loving partner.
The profiles in this free Chinese dating app are very distinctive. They look like a resume for position in a global corporation, rather than a dating site profile.
The service is run by Baihe Network Company and has an unofficial logo, “dating is a serious business” and you will agree with this statement while filling profile info.
How it works: The project was launched in the summer of 2005. It is available for users in any country; however, 95% of active users are Chinese. The key criterion is honesty about yourself.
Features: Today, when registering, the user must indicate:
- date of birth;
- city of residence;
- annual income and twenty more criteria.
The search criteria indicate the age of the potential partner and the location at which a couple should reside, his or her salary, hight, and others. You also cannot view the profiles of users without registration (some Chinese dating apps use such an option as an advertisement move). Men and women use this program to search for a potential wife/husband rather than a sex partner for one night. The application is used more for finding marriage-oriented people. It should be mentioned that some individuals use a platform to meet a sugar-daddy or sugar-mama (you can see the income of a person, so such an outcome is expected).
Cost of use: this Chinese dating app – free
Wechat is not considered as a 100% dating application. But it has many features that can easily make it fall into a category. This Chinese application has a special trait that works on a geographical basis. You can check if there are other users near be (the app even shoves an approximate distance) and send them a message. The only way of filtration, however, is gender. But, it has almost a billion accounts – a pretty big number of a potential partner.
Features: This Chinese application has too many elements and features – you can book a restaurant for a date, buy a gift, check the weather for a picnic, and many others.
Cost of use: this Chinese dating app is costless.
This list of services will not be full without the most popular Chinese dating application for the gay community – Blued. And it is also available in English. It has millions of Chinese members, and it is millions more compared to western analog Grindr. Information about users is highly secured, and even to register, you need to spend some time and effort.
For example, for signing in, you will need to upload a short video of yourself and pictures, so the Blued team will compare those photos and videos if they are matching. In this way, the Blued team is checking if the user is a real person, without checking an id or other personal information. Chinese people are modern in terms of technologies but very conservative socially, and the vast majority of gays are afraid to reveal their homosexuality (homophobia is still a real thing in this country).
How it works: The mechanisms of interaction with representatives and communication here is identical to any other Chinese dating app. View the application in this possible by installing it from the site.
Features: Users can add videos. The service also moderates and block accounts suspected of homophobia by sending rules together or impersonating others.
Cost of use: Most of the services of a particular Chinese dating app is provided without financial expenses, but few are available only for premium memberships.
- one month membership – $9.99;
- three-month membership – $19.99;
- twelve-month membership – $49.99.