There are conflicting reports about dating in China's capital city. One account suggests that the dating scene in Beijing is ""sad"" with particular difficulties for expatriate Chinese women hoping to find romance. Each year, November 11 has become an unofficial holiday  known as China's Singles' Day when singles are encouraged to make an extra effort to find a partner. In Arabic numerals, the day looks like """", that is, ""like four single people standing together"", and there was speculation that it originated in the late s when college students celebrated being single with ""a little self-mockery""  but a differing explanation dates it back to events in the Roman Empire.
There is concern that young people's views of marriage have changed because of economic opportunities, with many choosing deliberately not to get married,  as well as young marrieds who have decided not to have children, or to postpone having them. Jinguoyuan organized periodic matchmaking events often attended by parents. Chinese-style flirtatiousness is termed sajiaobest described as ""to unleash coquettishness"" with feminine voice, tender gestures, and dating plus 50 protestations.
Romantic love is more difficult during times of financial stress, and economic forces can encourage singles, particularly women, to select a partner primarily on financial considerations. Some men postpone marriage until their financial position is more secure and use wealth to help attract women.
According to Islam, it is considered both a religious duty and a social necessity to get married. The ceremony of shadi is generally a well-attended affair, though only two male witnesses are required to make it official. The wedding always retains a spirit of simplicity, in accordance with the tenets of Islam. Marriage bureaus are established for matchmaking.