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Arranged marriages have a special position in Chinese society, with limited legitimacy under existing laws. Arranged marriages are most common in rural areas, along with the buying and selling of brides, which is also illegal. Like cohabitation partnerships, these unions fall into the category of "invalid marriages," which means each partner has neither rights nor obligations toward the other. Because of the "invalid" nature of arranged marriages, couples in China often claim their marriages were arranged when filing for divorce, to speed up the process. Divorce Though very infrequent only 20 years ago, the incidence of divorce is growing fast. Some estimates find divorce rates as high as 30 percent in the cities. Prostitution Though illegal, prostitution is fairly widespread, and goes on quite openly. Most of the larger cities have well-established red-light districts. Interracial Dating Romantic relationships between Westerners and Chinese can be tricky affairs. Some Chinese men consider women who date foreigners to be traitors, and may react harshly when they see an interracial couple. Though this reaction is less common in big cities like Beijing and Shanghai, it helps to be aware of it, in case you find yourself getting romantically involved. The idea of a Chinese man dating a Western woman is far less problematic in the eyes of the Chinese. It's more likely to elicit curious questions from friends than aggressive stares from strangers. Western men who date Chinese women have commented that during the early stages of the relationship they were expected to make all the decisions. On the other hand, Western women dating Chinese men have noted that, at first, they were expected to be more passive than usual, and occasionally surprised their partners with their assertiveness.