The courtship of the Chinese fire-bellied newt, Cynops orientalis (David 1873), resembles that of Japanese congeneric taxa but shows significant temporal differences: the tail-fanning and creeping stages are of relatively short duration and one spermatophore is deposited a few seconds after the male starts to creep. The female loses interest in the male soon after the first spermatophore deposition. Instances of prolonged biting after spermatophore deposition are recorded. Successful insemination was a relatively rare event. In encounters with a potential rival present, a male may slightly alter the timing of his courtship. Observed behaviour patterns are compared to the sexual behaviour of other species of Cynops and Triturus.