Some 4,698 couples tied the knot across Shanghai on Tuesday, 10 times the usual daily figure. May 20, 2014 was yet another auspicious day for love in China, as 5-2-0-1-4 sounds like the words “I will love you for a lifetime” in Chinese. Tencent News collected a series of photos showing young couples getting real romantic on the date. Beware, it’s dripping with love-eyes.
Around the country, some young couples kissed each other in a street in Sichuan province.
Students from Liaocheng University in Shandong province designed a proposal scenario with lights.
In a stranger scenario, a boyfriend dressed like a sperm and unexpectedly came to his girlfriend’s work place to propose (sweet?).
A freshman student gathered flowers in a heart shape on the playground near the students’ dormitory area as a proposal to a girl he was in love with. Bystanders gathered to wish him well.
According to Shanghai Daily:
It was the second biggest registration day this year, after February 14, when Valentine’s Day coincided with the Lantern Festival, leading couples to believe the date would bring them double happiness.
The Pudong New Area and the districts of Changning, Putuo and Yangpu recorded the highest number of marriage registrations, with Pudong taking top honors as 852 couples said “I do.” In contrast, 231 couples got divorced in Shanghai yesterday.
The Huangpu District marriage registration office opened more than an hour early to handle the larger-than-expected crowds. The elevator was on the fritz, so the happy couples had to hike up four stories to register.
A similar superstitious day for lovebirds landed on January 4, 2013, on which date, around 7,300 couples had gotten married across Shanghai. Three of the couples were divorced within two weeks, according to China Daily, and one of the couples filed for divorce after only four days.
by Lucy Liu