Related: How To Flirt in Chinese Since open dating is not common before college, Chinese people are generally less comfortable with dating casually, and are more serious when going into relationships.
But, if there is dating before college then it is usually kept as a secret from parents.
For men, having an apartment and a car are often prerequisites to marriage proposals, in order to demonstrate financial stability.
However, after the market crash of 2008, the "naked marriage" term was popularized.
Women are expected to marry while they are in their early to mid-twenties.
In fact, there is even a negative term coined for women who are not married by 27: “剩女 (shèng nǚ)” or "Leftover Women." Again, this negativity has to do with Chinese culture, since marriage is seen as an important part of a person’s stability.
Chinese couples also sometimes refer to each other as “husband” (老公) and “wife” (老婆) even when they’re not actually married -- another indicator of the serious implications dating has for many Chinese people.