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Love and Blood Types in the Chinese Dating Scene

JINNA WANG

Are you trying to find your 白马王子 (bái mǎ wáng zǐ ) , aka Prince Charming, or your 梦中女神 (mèng zhōng nǚ shén) , the goddess of your dreams?


You probably started your search for your perfect match by comparing your 星座 (xīng zuò)  horoscopes. Maybe then you analyzed the compatibility of your 生肖 (shēng xiào)  birth years?


But have you considered comparing your…血型 (xuě xíng)  – blood type?


Personality Traits by Blood Type

Japan was the actually first country to characterize individual personalities through blood types. The revolutionary idea then quickly spread to Korea and China, where blood type became a popular tool used to judge how dateable a person is.


In addition to the standard check boxes of owning a car and a house, education status, and height, blood type is also a factor that Chinese people consider in their search for love.


As someone who is addicted to all forms of personality quizzes (hello Myers-Briggs), I have researched extensively into the topic of personality traits by blood type. In this blog post, I’ll share my observations of love and dating in China as it relates to blood types and personalities.

Curious to see what ‘blood type dating theory’ says about you? Read on to find out!


Type A


Type As are generally 严肃 (yán sù)  serious, 耐心 (nài xīn)  patient, and 诚实 (chéng shí)  honest. While people love Type As for their responsible nature, they can sometimes be seen as overly uptight and 倔强 (jué jiàng)  stubborn.


Perfect Date: 公园野餐 (gōng yuán yě cān)  - A picnic in the park


Pet Peeve: 杂乱 (zá luàn)  - Disorganization


Most compatible with: Type O


Type B


 Type Bs are the most 善交际的 (shàn jiāo jì de)  or ‘sociable’ of the bunch. They are total rule breakers who love a little bit of chaos. Blood Type Bs have a passion for life and a ton of 好奇心 (hào qí xīn )  – curiosity about a wide variety of subjects, making them an exciting romantic partner.


On the dark side, type Bs have a tendency to be 自私 (zì sī)  selfish, and are known as sure-fire heart-breakers, making them the most un-dateable of the four blood types.


Perfect Date: 游乐园 (yóu lè yuán)  – Amusement park


Pet Peeve: 琐事 (suǒ shì)  – Small, repetitive tasks


Most compatible with: Type B


Type O


Being 开朗 (kāi lǎng)  outgoing, 自信 (zì xìn)  confident, and 善良 (shàn liáng)  kind – Type Os are natural born leaders who are true romantics at heart.


Type Os love to make big swooping gestures – picture enormous flower deliveries, standing outside in the rain playing your favorite song on the radio… anything you might see in a late 80’s rom-com, really.


Although Os are known to have the ‘best’ personalities of the bunch, they can sometimes become 嫉妒 (jí dù)  jealous and 傲慢 (ào màn)  arrogant.


Perfect Date: 烛光晚餐 (zhú guāng wǎn cān) > - Candle-lit dinner


Pet Peeve: 懒惰 (lǎn duò) > - Laziness


Most compatible with: Type A


Type AB


Type ABs are typically seen as the 酷 (kù)  cool, 冷静(lěng jìng)  calm, and 沉稳 (chén wěn)  collected types.


Due to their dual nature, Type ABs encompass personality traits from both A and B, and are often very 变幻莫测 (biàn huàn mò cè)  - unpredictable.


Type ABs are not the type to fall head-over-heels in love due to their rational nature, but once committed, make 周到 (zhōu dào) , or considerate, partners. They are highly intellectual and creative, making them excellent partners in conversation if you can get past their initial 羞怯 (xiū qiè)  shyness.


Perfect Date: 咖啡店 (kā fēi diàn)  - Coffee Shop


Pet Peeve: 霸道 (bà dào)  - Overbearing


Most compatible with: Type B


Dating in China can be tough. As you search in the dating market for a 高富帅 (gāo fù shuài) – Mr. Perfect, or 白富美 (bái fù měi) – Ms. Perfect, remember to take the blood type personality traits with a grain of salt. None of this has been scientifically proven, but at times, it does seem eerily accurate, doesn't it?


What do you think? Do you believe personality traits can be determined by blood type?  Let us know in the comments below!

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JINNA WANG is a freelance writer and translator living in New York. She grew up in the snowy city of Harbin, and now spends many weekends recreating the northeast Chinese cuisine of her childhood. You can usually find her traveling, eating, and writing about both.

Thu, 07 Jul 2016 17:00:00 GMT

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