Online Dating Plows Fertile Ground in China

An Emperor's Treasure to Choose From

CHONGQING, China, Jan. 25 /CNW/ - On a foggy Friday this past December, in the dining hall of the Empark Grand Hotel in Chongqing, China, now the world's biggest city, Tony "Full" Nelson, a handsome 47 year old former police detective and widowed father of two grown sons, is surrounded by 12 eligible and eager Chinese ladies.

Tony is one of a select group of 12 men who have traveled from the U.S. and Canada to find a long term relationship by taking part in a romance tour and today's international speed dating party. The 11 day excursion was organized by online Asian romance specialist, and will in its first two days introduce the handful of expectant bachelors to over 200 available and enthusiastic ladies from the region.

The women range in age from 18 to 45 and occupy positions as students and professors, doctors, small business owners and government bureaucrats. Some are young and beautiful with flawless, glowing skin, perfect teeth and top notch educations and jobs, while others seem more plain. Some women have flown from as far away as Beijing and Shanghai to be here today, and all are anxious to find a caring, responsible husband from abroad. Indeed, 'responsible' is the buzzword that keeps ringing from most of the 200 women's lips when asked to describe their perfect mate.

The men hail from small provinces in Canada and megalopolises like New York and L.A. where they are doctors, business owners, software developers and car dealers. They all have a story, like Peter from New Jersey who lost his wife and daughter a year ago in a car accident, and Bradley, a middle manager at a Milwaukee insurance agency and state lottery winner. They've all had their minds bent at what they've experienced here, half way around the world and 1,000 miles down the romance rabbit hole.

These modern romantics are members of an exclusive group of men who since 1993 have traveled the world, guests of Romance Tour companies like AsianBeauties parent Anastasia International. The online dating industry itself has recently experienced unprecedented growth and a positive transformation evidenced by the tone of several articles by major journals such as Time, Bloomberg/Newsweek, The Economist and others.

As the men switch tables at the sound of a gong and move on to the next setting of hopeful ladies, their gaze wanders back to certain women they've just met and felt connections with. They all to a certain extent feel a combination of emotions that comes with being in a foreign country. But specific to this group is amazement at the abundance and beauty of the women in China... the unusual and unique social experience of having their dreams laid at their feet. One participant quips 'this is like candy-land', while another described being entertained at a table of over a dozen adoring women like being a 'rock star' or a 'celebrity athlete'.

All agree that not since the all powerful Emperors of ancient China have men had such stunning choice.


Founded in 1993, Anastasia is the industry's leading International Introduction and Romance Tour Company bringing Western men together with women from Russia & CIS, Asia, Latin America and Africa for dating and marriage. Anastasia sites count over 150 million online visitors yearly and over 2.5 million letters exchanged onsite daily. Anastasia has been featured on numerous media outlets including: 48 Hours, The Daily Show, The Howard Stern Show, and Jennie Jones, and has been the subject of news features on ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CNN, the BBC. Anastasia has also appeared in publications such as Forbes, Playboy, Variety, Market Watch, Reuters and The Los Angeles Times. Of late, Anastasia has been the subject of a documentary segment shot in Odessa, Ukraine by Bob Saget for A&E Network. News and features about Anastasia have been broadcast in many countries including the U.S., Japan, Germany, The Netherlands, France, Italy, Switzerland, Brazil, Turkey and Australia. To learn more about Anastasia visit

SOURCE Anastasia International

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