Alex Edmunds, 26, a Princeton graduate from Los Angeles, was on the golden path to investment banking. Five years ago he came to China to study the language and decided to stay.
He was keen to meet Chinese women and had many blind dates organised by Chinese dating websites.
Almost every week there are between eight and 24 people for small interest group activities such as badminton, picnics, cooking classes or hiking in the northwest of Beijing.
If girls are really good at cooking they can find others who cook well too.
More expats in China are using dating apps to diversify their social circles and romantic options.
Photo: IC It was 11 pm on a Saturday night, and Jeff, a European expat who has been living in Beijing for five years, was just back from a party where he met a lot of new people, both foreigners and Chinese.
Sun Yang, a public relations director from Momo, told Metropolitan that they have seen more expats using their dating app over the past few years, though they didn't have any statistics detailing their number of foreign users.
Another dating app, Tantan, didn't reply to Metropolitan's calls as of press date, but according to Metropolitan's count, it contains around one expat user for every 10 Chinese users in expat-heavy neighborhoods like Guomao and Sanlitun.
Among the most popular apps, both for Chinese and foreign singles, are Tantan, Momo and Skouts.Trying to find a date on the subway, on the other hand, is not so easy.Beijing's subway system, the oldest in mainland China, is either avoided or, at best, tolerated by expats.Still, though, he felt just a little bit empty, a little bit restless, and so he logged onto Tantan, a Chinese dating app similar to Tinder, that he has been using for the past year.He started swiping through prospective partners' pictures and limited profiles, which include information like age, zodiac sign and occupation.He was struck by the women's materialism and wished there was a better platform to find a significant other. How does your website differ from other Chinese dating websites?