The historical bond and the geographical closeness China shares with the Eastern European countries also help make Chinese men, especially older Chinese men, feel close to women from this region. Russia and Ukraine are all former Soviet countries; we have all heard stories and watched movies about the friendship and stories China shared with these countries.

Chinese people naturally feel more close to the people there," Yuan said.

Economic instability and an imbalance in the ratio of men to women make some Russian and Eastern European women more open to marrying foreigners. Yuan initially dated Chinese women after his divorce, but he found that the first thing they cared about was whether he has a house and a car and whether he would spend money on them.

In contrast, he said that most of the women he met in Eastern European countries don't care if you are rich or not."What they really care about in men is whether they have a good character and their attitude toward family," said Yuan.

The close cultural history shared between Eastern European countries and China makes women from these countries a good choice for wealthy Chinese men.

Photo: IC When Yuan Shankai, a Beijing-based artist in his late 40s, finalized his divorce in 2010, he decided that if he were going to marry again, his second wife would be either Russian or, at the very least, Eastern European.

Some of them already have." According to Yuan's observation, most of the Chinese men who go to Eastern European countries to find wives tend to be affluent and more familiar with the Western culture, lifestyle and value system.

Yuan and his friends are an example of the current trend in China in which a growing number of Chinese men are marrying women from Eastern European countries.

"Chinese men are more willing to care for their girlfriends and change their habits or plans for a girl, but in Russia, many men don't do that because they think that would make them lose face," Kurzova said.

Nataliya, a 37-year-old teacher from Ukraine, has been living in Beijing with her Chinese husband for 10 years.

The founder of the dating agency Elena said in the article that there are more males than females in China, while in Russia, it's the contrary.

Elena said that many Chinese men like Russian women because they like how they look, and Russian women like Chinese men because they respect women and want a serious relationship.

For example, he said when he was dating a girl from the Republic of Belarus, the girl and her friends would sing "Katyusha," a song that was famous during World War II, and tell him stories about Katyusha."I have been listening and singing that song since I was a little boy, so we immediately felt close to each other when we sang it together," Yuan said.