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These people will have dates on a regular basis, and they may or may not be having sexual relations.This period of courtship is sometimes seen as a precursor to engagement.Dating as an institution is a relatively recent phenomenon which has mainly emerged in the last few centuries.
The crowds were met by billboards posting lists of thousands of single men and women -- one list in pink and the other in blue.But like much of modern China, it's now all about the bigger, the better; from reality shows where participants can vote each other off with the press of a button to matchmaking expos marketed to singles and their parents on the prowl.But these matchmaking expos are certainly not for the faint of heart.At a expo in Hangzhou, women were forced to scrub off their makeup before entering the building so that men could enjoy a "bare-faced meeting." Next up was a session that let men measure their potential match's breasts.(Yep, it's exactly what it sounds like.)These expos must be seen to be believed — which is why Refinery29 headed to one of the biggest just a week before Chinese Valentine's Day to check it out for ourselves.