Strict rules stipulate girls aren't allowed to approach boys, so it's up to the males, aka the 'grabbers', to tempt the girl away from her group of friends and try to get a kiss off her, even sometimes going as far as twisting her arm.
At the climax of one young traveller couple Josie and Swanley's wedding a few weeks later, Cheyenne is seen trying to escape the attentions of one grabber, who has pinned her up against the wall outside the reception.
Almost everywhere else in China, however, traditional attitudes to dating prevail. In traditional Chinese culture, boys and girls are introduced to each other in a group social setting.
A girl would only agree to go out on a date with a boy if she were willing to consider marriage.
China is a very large country with hundreds of different regional ethnic groups.
Each ethnic group has its own customs and traditions about dating and marriage, some of which can differ considerably from those of the majority Han Chinese.
Public displays of affection are much less common in Chinese culture, and the Chinese regard these as much more serious expressions of emotion.
In the run up to the wedding, the couple aren't allowed to be together without a chaperone, with Josie explaining gypsy girls can never be alone with a gypsy boy because it would ruin their reputation.
She said: 'When I first seen them, it was like "My God…" They did look like prostitutes - that’s how you would describe them…
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