Yes, it's unfortunately true. You can actually buy a new bike, but it has to meet strict speed and size requirements that make it very underpowered and disappointing. The big bikes are simply not allowed.
You can marry filing jointly by getting her an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN). Using that as a non-resident alien, she should not be subject to FBAR or any of those requirements, but figuring out which taxes are owed will be really complicated. I looked into it myself a few years back and just dropped it. Definitely worth consulting an international tax expert.
Also, not sure why you're avoiding setting up any accounts in China. If you're using accounts in her name, the IRS may decide that you "have control" over the account, and you could get in trouble for not reporting on FATCA and FBAR.
Finally, if you plan to be away from the US for a while, you can save a ton of money by buying an international insurance plan, rather than a US plan.
When I first visited the Park soon after it opened, I realized that I hadn't set foot inside Green Lake Park in a few years. It's a beautiful place, but I simply did not enjoy All the noise and crowds that had come to define it after admission became free (down from a whopping 2 kuai, IIRC).
But James built a nice, quiet place in a beautiful old courtyard there, and I came to spend a lot of time there.
James and co built a really good menu, a very comfortable place and an unrivalled whisky list, the perfect recipe for a community hang-out, or even a quiet place to sip coffee and read in the sun during the day.
Thanks, James and everyone else at the Park, for making such a great place. We will all miss it, and look forward to seeing whatever it is you do next.