I know a 13-year-old high-school girl who has persuaded her parents to let her watch an episode of the show each day, claiming that it helped her learn Chinese.
Its popularity has led to numerous copycats, ensuring a ratings war among provincial satellite television stations.
But there are other dating formats, with other “realities” that are worth keeping an eye on too.
The Chinese dating show If You Are the One (IYATO) has a reported domestic audience of 50 million.
In a twist, the Australian women will join six Chinese nationals willing to move to Australia in the event of a romantic match, to make up the 24-strong panel.
Five Australian men will be quizzed in each of the two special episodes.