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.In a recent study of dating and marital preferences among young adults in China, only 38 percent of the female respondents disagreed with the statement that it is best to date and later marry only one man during their lifetimes (Mavrides, 2009).
Therefore, Americans think about marriage as an event that can happen later down the road.
However, for Chinese women, there is a societal ticking clock.
The most generic and straightforward answer is that your relationship with the Western person is going to be more casual.
Let's take a look at the detailed distinctions between the relationships.
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.