Attitudes toward sex are changing, especially in more cosmopolitan cities like Beijing and Shanghai, but in general, many Chinese women see sex as a sign that a relationship is headed towards marriage.
Additionally, many Chinese men say they would prefer to marry a woman who hasn’t had premarital sex.
It should not be taken lightly, nor left to chance or hormones.
It should be taken as seriously as any other major decision in life--with prayer, careful investigation and family involvement.
The actual experience of dating in China can also be somewhat different.
For example, you’ll often see Chinese couples wearing matching outfits, which is almost unheard of in the West.
Rather, in Islamic culture, pre-marital relationships of any kind between members of the opposite sex is forbidden.
Islam believes the choice of a marriage partner is one of the most important decisions a person will make in his or her lifetime.
Family involvement in the choice of a marriage partner helps assure that the choice is based not on romantic notions, but rather on a careful, objective evaluation of the compatibility of the couple.It’s not uncommon for parents and grandparents to set their children up on blind dates with suitable matches they’ve found.If their child’s significant other doesn’t meet with the parents’ approval, continuing the relationship will be very difficult.Many Chinese couples do not share the Western expectation that two people dating will maintain their own separate social lives and friend circles.Chinese couples also sometimes refer to each other as “husband” (老公) and “wife” (老婆) even when they’re not actually married—another indicator of the serious implications dating in China.First of all, Muslim youth develop very close friendships with their same-sex peers.