With the working hours we’re all doing, and the lack of free time to be able to meet new people the old fashioned way. Online dating has become bigger and bigger in the world especially through apps such as Tinder. China is no different. This has lead to the rise in Chinese Dating Apps. Partly due to the pressure put on young Chinese people’s shoulders by their families to find a mate. Finding someone online via Chinese Dating Apps has become a convenience for those seeking love, companionship and less pressure from they’re relatives!
Tantan 探探 (tàntàn) ‘Chinese Dating Apps King’
Motto: Tantan helps you find the one!
Of all the Chinese Dating Apps, the biggest is Tantan. Most it’s often compared to Tinder. Tantan works in the same way that Tinder does, and even looks like it! Users can fill in manually their profile description and interests. Indeed in this field, no Chinese app has yet managed to collect users’ interests as Facebook does. Then, people can swipe to the left or to the right if they like or don’t like the profile they see on their screen. Once swiping is complete, some other profile should quickly appear. You can then start a conversation if both they like your profile and the one that you liked match.
There are many young and urban people using Tantan, which has a pretty large user base. Moreover, people can handle it quite easily. However there are only few real conversations and meetings compared to the number of matches. Once again, in this field, which is not especially due to the app, both apps join their results in lack of reality. Moreover, you have to type in your own interests, which can be annoying.
Momo 陌陌 (mòmò)
Motto: There’s always something interesting nearby.
Momo was the very first dating app that covers the whole Middle Kingdom. It was widely seen as the best app for ‘booty-calling’ for a while. In order to get rid of this bad reputation, Momo changed itself from a dating-focused app to an interest-based social networking one. Being the first and biggest dating app, people still think of this particular app when it comes to discovering new people.
However, the app is not an easy one to get along with, because it has many add-on features. Looking for people located near you is pretty easy, but you can also play mini games and join user-generated groups. Momo has an increasingly high number of foreign users, which means you can use this app in many different countries across the world.
Let’s have dinner 请吃饭 (Qǐng chīfàn)
Motto: I’m free tonight
Qingchifan means invite someone to share a meal, word of mouth is that dates actually happen much more often with qingchifan than with other dating apps. Which is quite easy to understand, this app invites you to share a dinner in its title. This app has a very clear expectation, for you to share a meal with someone, therefore, it makes flirting much easier.
So usually, guys have to offer dinner on the app. Then they have to select girls who sign up for the date. Women on the app can offer dinner too, which may sound unusual, but happens to be quite nice. It’s a great way to build new relationships, not just potential dates, because the place selected to have a bite tells a lot about you and your date.
Heartbeat 心动 (xīndòng)
Motto: love starts with a crush
One of the more unique Chinese Dating Apps. Heartbeat is an app made for college students. All users have to submit institutional credentials to be able to use the app. This very strict filtering system shows Xindong’s determination to include the very best of young and educated people.
Xindong is not an industrial dating app. As they give you two matches a day, it keeps a slow pace which can be a good or a bad point, depending on users’ opinions. And maybe for potential downloaders it’s too young a population pool of users.
Palpitation 心跳 (xīntiào)
Motto: An interest-based social networking app that knows you well
In the same way than Tantan (and of course Tinder), Xintiao enables you to meet up with people. Though, its main difference is that it has an original user interface design instead of literally copying Tinder’s one. Users still need to enter manually their interests. But the app (until now) can’t offer the amount of available options that Tantan has.
Good things about it are it has an original interface. A nice design. And the interests seem more important there than the look. But the negatives are there are fewer users than Tantan. Distance-based filters are unavailable. Few interest options are available. There are no filters available to select age. It seems clear that Tantan and Xintiao are in fierce competition. So far, Tantan is leading, mainly because of its user base.
So there you have it, these are the main Chinese Dating Apps used in the mainland today. If you have a busy work schedule and not much time for meeting new people.Then you should try some of these Chinese Dating Apps out and see how they work! (A secret is some of us here at That’s Mandarin found our partners via Chinese Dating Apps!)