The actual experience of dating in China can also be somewhat different.
For example, you’ll often see Chinese couples wearing matching outfits, which is almost unheard of in the West. Many Chinese couples do not share the Western expectation that two people dating will maintain their own separate social lives and friend circles.
Chinese couples also sometimes refer to each other as “husband” (老公lao gong) and “wife” (老婆 lao po) even when they’re not actually married—another indicator of the serious implications dating in China.
Of course, these are all just generalizations, and they don’t apply to all Chinese people. More than tradition, society, or culture, dating in China is governed by what the specific individuals in the relationship think and feel, and it’s not too hard to find Chinese couples that don’t fit all or even any of the general observations above.