So, not only will you have to buy gifts for your girlfriend, you will soon be expected to buy gifts for her parents as well!Chinese women can also be extremely inflexible and stubborn.

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I personally know of some foreign teachers who have tried to date their students but although this is sorely tempting, DO NOT under any circumstances date a student. In the UK, romantic relationships between a teacher and a student are illegal and several teachers have been jailed for getting into a sexual relationship with their students. Your students and colleagues will gossip about you.

Teachers in China are normally highly respected by students but there is no better way to destroy this respect than to try to seduce a student.

A Chinese woman expects a life of luxury from her husband and also may not be willing to marry for better or worse.

I was quite shocked at how ruthless my ex-girlfriend was in this regard.

“Everybody needs somebody” – so goes the song by the Blues Brothers.

It is very true that everyone needs a companion so if you are going to be living and teaching in China for a number of years, it is likely that you will experience dating in China at some point.

Dating a colleague (either a fellow foreign teacher or a local Chinese one) is an option but when I tried to date my Chinese counterpart teacher a few years ago, I was turned down because she was looking for a local man and not a foreigner.

This is one problem that you will need to be aware of – some Chinese girls will be reluctant to get into a relationship with a foreigner because they know that at some point, you will leave the country and she will have to decide whether to follow you or to break up with you. There are a number of dating websites in China such as China Love, Asian, and among others and it was on one of these websites that I met my ex-girlfriend.

Finally, schools in China do not approve of romantic relationships between student and teacher.

If you are found out, your contract will be terminated, you will lose your job and may get a bad reference which will make it a lot harder for you to get a new job.

In my first article about teaching in China, I mentioned the concept of “face” in Chinese culture.