ChinaLoveCupid is the new name of the site called "Chinese love links". Not much has changed other than the name, the logo and a few cosmetic bits and pieces.
It still has a strong following of Chinese singles. Plus, it has a lot of non-Asians who want to meet someone from that part of the world. There are also large numbers of men there from Europe and the States looking for Chinese women to marry.
If you fit into either of these boxes, or just want to mingle within the Chinese community - with just friendship in mind, you can give the site a go for free by completing the quick join questionnaire.
You can get access via the mobile app or through the website.
What Guests Can Do
Guest users can put up a photo profile, and up to four pictures. You can also fill out a biography and add personal touches. This is a good idea as it will make your profile stand out among the many thousands that are on there.
However guests can only read or reply to messages from or to paying members. To communicate with anyone, you'll need to upgrade to a paid membership. Other benefits include appearing more prominently in searches, no ads, being able to browse anonymously, and access to additional search options.
In addition to these limitations guests aren't able to view profiles in full until they upload their own photo. This is waived only when you upgrade.
There are several ways of searching. There's both a basic and an extended search as well as several quick searches. These will let you find someone matching your wish list, so to speak. For example, you can choose basic preferences like gender, age, and their location. With the extended search, you can go more deeply into their background, values and beliefs.
Then there is what's called the tag search. This lets you do some basic fishing. You just type in some words and people who've tagged themselves with that will show up.
It's useful for finding people who don't fit into certain boxes. For example, if you are into some bizarre sport or hobby, this is the place to find others like you.
With ChinaLoveCupid, while you get a decent amount with the guest account, there are certain things you can't do and have to upgrade for.
The good thing is that you can chat to anyone on the site, just so long as one of you has a full membership pass. This is appealing, because with most dating sites, there are many people using (free) guest accounts who you cannot reach. If you have a Gold or Platinum pass, you can then contact anyone you choose.
The other thing is that if you meet someone, get to know them, and ultimately choose to take the relationship further, you need to upgrade in order to exchange personal details.