[NOTE: There is a new website launching soon specifically for Asian dating in NZ. ]

Cherry Blossoms dating was started in Hawaii over 35 years ago as “the world’s first international picture personals business” initially in a magazine. The site, CherryBlossoms.com, was launched in 1995. They currently have thousands of active members around the world and boast that thousands of couples have become engaged or married through their initial meeting.

How does it work?

In order to browse and access the site’s services, you must sign up for the free membership by creating your account. This includes indicating your gender, your birth date, country you live in, home address, home phone number, email address, a user name and a password.

The second part of your account creation includes entering personal information. You can add details such as height, weight, eye colour, hair colour, number of children, race, nationality, marital status, religion, education, occupation, and whether you smoke or drink.

You are then asked to write a personal ad for yourself, without including any personal contact info. You must be over 18 to use the site, and have read the terms of service and privacy policy. After you submit that, you are immediately logged in to your profile and encouraged to submit photos. You are also encouraged to upgrade your membership to have full access to unlimited instant private and public chat rooms, as well as up to 100 email messages daily.

Why would I use it?

Cherry Blossoms has many advantages, including free membership. While you can join for free, this is a standard membership that has somewhat limited access. However, you can read information on different pages of the site prior to joining. You set up a match profile which allows you to receive daily emails with photos and profiles of those who match your criteria once you sign up, and you can participate in interactive options, such as live chats and instant messenger.

Another thing that is helpful, especially with international dating is the range of support services. Once registered you have access to Visa support services for passport or travel visas, fiancée visas, spousal visas, and adjustment of status.

Why wouldn’t I use?

You have to join to have access to any of the services, so even if you want to trial it, you need to register. The site asks for quite a lot of personal information including full name, home address and phone number. This may mean that some people are put off, but it helps with authenticity and eliminating fake profiles.

Another downside is that in order to have full access to all services offered, and for more a higher chance of a successful experience, you should consider upgrading to a paid membership.

How much does it cost?

Blossoms offers a one month membership for $29.95 USD but gives discounts for users who pay for multiple months up front, the best deal being 12 months for $119.95 USD. Comparing the site to its closest competitors on the market, it is priced in about the middle of the range.

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