Because nothing says ‘I love you’ like massive country-spanning transportation infrastructure projects. 24 lovebirds choo-choo-choosed to get married on July 1st in a group wedding taking place at the Shanghai Railway Station, during the ‘Love on the High -Speed Railway’ ceremony organized by the Shanghai Railway Bureau.
The twelve couples were composed of railway employees who work along different stops on the Shanghai to Beijing line, including pairs from Jiangsu and Anhui province, in addition to locals from Shanghai. Though many of the couples had reportedly been putting off marriage for some time, the evident giddiness associated with the newly completed high-speed railway seemingly banished whatever lingering qualms remained for these lucky few.
What is it about high-speed rail that unleashes such stirrings in the heart and loins? Liu Zhijun (刘志军), the former Minister of Railways who was in charge of constructing China’s high-speed train network, was reported to have kept 18 mistresses, in addition to taking over 1 billion RMB in bribes.
We can also appreciate the fact that the just-married will bless the new railway with their newlywed psycho-hormonal qi , something akin perhaps to how virgins and livestock used to be sacrificed in the Shang dynasty anytime a new important building was erected.
Or maybe the couples just tried to guarantee a peaceful marriage for themselves by getting married one of the ‘Harmonious Number’ (和谐号) models, the name being the official Chinese moniker for the high-speed line of trains.
Eating river crabs (河蟹) while drinking blood (喝血) during a nuclear leak (核泄) might also aid the couples’ in their search for harmony. If you understand that sentence, then congratulations, your Chinese lessons are paying off.
Photos from Tencent News