"There are so many gays in China, just because of the sheer size of the population," Geng said. S.-based gay hook-up app, is still not as popular in China as Belgium-based Jack'd, said Shanghai native Clint Wang, 27.

"Jack'd doesn't have great Android capabilities, whereas Blued does," Geng explains.

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The app recently completed its latest round of investor financing and announced that the company is now worth $300 million, compared to Grindr’s reported $155 million.

Blued was created in 2012 by gay entrepreneur and former policeman Geng Le, and although most of its users are in Asia, it says that 20% are currently outside of China.

Xi'an was not really as open as the other two cities in terms of social life from my perspective, and my "daygame" methods, which consisted of being spotted by a curious or intrigued female, or using the We Chat to find language exchange partners did not work well there.

It seemed like the wall around the city was not the only wall, as most of the ladies that I encountered would stare at me, then put up a shield when I tried to make eye contact in return.

While I had met several people in person, the dates were duds.

But the app remained an avenue of entertainment, sometimes moving along to texts or Snapchats.

"The customer response has been great," CEO Geng Le told Al Jazeera, adding that he feels his company is part of the solution, not the problem, to China's HIV/AIDS epidemic.

"We have helped the government spread education to combat the HIV/AIDS information." Geng, a 36-year-old entrepreneur from China's northern Hebei province, has great ambitions.

The night before the reunion I went out with some friends and we met up with other classmates who were back in town. We danced, we drank, we made out in front of my classmates I had not seen for 10 years and then we went our separate ways.