The results of Time Out's Global Dating survey
are in, and they're surprisingly good for Beijing.
Our city is the world's fourth best for dating, the poll of 11,0000 Time Out readers worldwide found, behind world romance capital Paris, sunny, chilled out Melbourne and steamy Kuala Lumpur.
The survey has already created a stir on Chinese social media, with many Chinese netizens posting that the city has more than its fair share of romantic spots (we agree!
) and deserves its status as a romantic capital (we agree!
But there's more to it than that. Here are five more things we learnt about dating in Beijing versus the rest of the world.
1. In Beijing, dating is best if you're a straight guy
According to the majority of our respondents, dating is Beijing works best for men looking for women.
Here's how people responded when asked 'as far as you can tell, dating in your city works best if you are':
This puts Beijing on a par with New York which, their respondents said, is also a paradise for men interested in women, although we're pretty sure the reasons are different in the two cities.
In Beijing, many of you told us that 'Western' or expat guys find it easy to date locals as well as other foreigners, an advantage some of you put this down to pressure on Chinese women to find a partner.
Meanwhile, expat women in Beijing said they struggled to date native Beijingers, a problem some blamed on negative stereotypes about Western women among Chinese men.
Single ladies considering a move might be interested to know that the best cities for women seeking men, according to the Time Out survey, are Paris and Singapore.
2. 43% of you are single and sad
43% of single Beijing respondents said they were 'sadly' single. That makes Beijing almost as unhappy as the world's most single self-hating city, New York, where 45% of single respondents described themselves as sad-to-be-single.
Of course, that does mean that most single people here in Beijing, as in other cities around the world, are proud of their single status. Quite right too!
3. Beijing's dating scene is hard to pin down
When asked to categorise Beijing's dating scene, you guys ticked 'all of the above'.
As many people would describe our city's romantic outlook as 'a desert' as would describe it as 'a fertile orchard' or 'a coral reef swimming with exotic variety but patrolled by the odd hammerhead shark'. Confusion reigns, perhaps because our city's neighbourhoods are so different.
At least only a few respondents thought that our scene was 'a warzone'.
Most women in New York, Chicago and LA described their cities that way.
4. Temple Restaurant Beijing reigns supreme as the ultimate date spot
Temple Restaurant Beijing was most likely to be name checked as 'the ultimate place to take someone on a date'.
Beijing singles consider this your notice: if they take you to TRB, they really mean it.
Mercante and Janes and Hooch also got shout outs as top date spots, although many of you were less specific. The most common answer for 'ultimate date location' was 'restaurant'. Never let it be said that you guys aren't easily pleased. The survey also asked about the best places to pick up someone new in Beijing, with similar results to our recent Valentine's Day survey: basically, Sanlitun bars of all varieties rule, and if it's past midnight that's a bonus.
5. Datability? Eh, you'd give yourself about a 7
How do you lot think you rate as dates? Pretty well, actually.
69% percent of you think you're a 7 or more out of 10, with as many of you awarding yourself a score of 7 as all the 6-and-belows put together – both sets making up 31% of the total.
Of those who rated themselves poorly, the majority gave themselves just 1 out of 10. Come on guys, we're sure you're not that bad.
This puts Beijing bang on the worldwide trend.
The average datability score in Time Out cities was 7.3 out of 10, with only the men and women of Los Angeles awarding themselves a Hollywood 8.