Puppy love in China

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Simplified Chinese早恋

Zaolian (Chinese: 早恋; literal meaning "early love") in mainland China means "to have a romantic relationship too early"[1] and refers to romantic relationship of adolescents before they go to university. According to surveys of the recent 20 years[citation needed], there are actually few people in China who never experience romantic relationship during junior high school and senior high school. Most people may have unrequited love, and a mutual romantic relationship takes place only when the two adolescents like each other. However, in China, many parents and educators who are conservative supporting examination-based education claim that zaolian will bring many problems such as it will affect students' study ability and examination marks, or that zaolian relationship will almost always split in the end.


  1. ^ Xiandai Hanyu Cidian(现代汉语词典) 6th edition