Blued and Zank have done well locally because they know how young Chinese millennials communicate — both have a We Chat-like 'Moments' feed, for example, where users can post vacation photos or other pictures from daily life.Blued also has an LGBT newsfeed and travel maps to find gay spots in cities like Toronto and Los Angeles."I think a lot of people are on all these apps," he says.In the gay community, expats often run into culture shock when dating Chinese guys.The app also gives you a choice to either offer to pay for the meal, or to split the bill, allowing you to avoid an awkward situation. Blued’s interface is similar to a mix between an instant messaging service, Facebook, and Twitter.
Karl is interested in literature, long-distance running, skiing, hiking, and cycling... Chinese Pod is the longest-running Mandarin Learning tool.With over 4,000 audio and video lessons at six different skill levels there is something to study for everyone.Read our blog for useful tips & tricks, as well as cultural insights that’ll enrich your understanding of the Mandarin language.Also, unlike Momo, you can use this app in English.For those who have trouble coming up with something to talk about, the app has a pretty fun “ice breaker” feature where you each answer 10 questions to help get to know your match a little better.Photo: IC When Nick, a 26-year-old chef in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, first moved from his native Russia to China seven years ago, he was seeking out more than job opportunities and an overseas adventure - he was looking for a chance to be himself."The gay culture is not very open in Russia," says Nick, who says he already knew he was gay by the time he was a teenager.By contrast, Shanghai, where he lived for his first few years in China, is home to a vibrant gay scene, with a number of active gay bars and LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community groups.Blocked by the Chinese government until June 2011, the app’s user numbers have been steadily climbing ever since, though a spokesman for the company declined to give current figures.The company is also increasing its profile in China by partnering with the Beijing Gender Health and Education Institute to raise awareness of gay rights in the country.However, your best bet is going to be using what the locals use, not just for app availability reasons in that region, but also to increase the number of people you can interact with.Let’s take a look at some of China’s popular dating apps.