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Shim added that some Chinese girls have even asked if he comes from a wealthy family like in the famous South Korean TV series .

Another dating app, Tantan, didn't reply to Metropolitan's calls as of press date, but according to Metropolitan's count, it contains around one expat user for every 10 Chinese users in expat-heavy neighborhoods like Guomao and Sanlitun.

Another source of culture shock for expats is unrealistic expectations.

Shim Bo-kyung (pseudonym), a 24-year-old student from South Korea, said he often gets the impression that his Chinese dates like to imagine him as being just as rich and handsome as the characters from South Korean TV series.

"Some of my online dates would call me Oppa (Korean for "older brother," a term of endearment sometimes used for boyfriends) in a coquettish way just like in South Korean TV series, even though they are older than me, which just freaks me out," he said.

"Some of them also assume that I am rich, even though I am just a student who works part time," he said.

E: [email protected]: 01189 739 370 Danielle is a reporter at Global Dating Insights.

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