Snail mail is here to save your marriage! China Post is stepping it up a notch with a new inventive way to keep the fire alive for couples: to combat rising divorce rates (which have quadrupled in recent years), China Post is offering newlyweds the opportunity to have heart-felt letters delivered to each other 7 years after their wedding day.
These love letters made their debut on 9/9, which sounds like a homonym for “forever” in Chinese (aww). Customers will be able to record their vows on cards and buy accessories for their letter such as special stamps, post marks, and even a love passport!
Marriage registration offices will even give this service as a gift when couples register. The government is serious about making this happen, but who knows what might happen in seven years! More pessimistic/realistic people think that receiving these letters in seven years might be more hurtful than sweet, depending on the state of the couple.
But who doesn’t want to read a letter full of love! Liu Jingmin, the manager of the Beijing post office has faith and says that “Hopefully, when the letter arrives seven years later the couple will receive it together.” We hope so too!
By Angela Ye
Photo from China.org