A bridge over the Yellow River in Lanzhou has become a new place for couples to confess their love by fastening locks onto the bridge, Xinhua News reported.
Although these couples might wishfully think that a padlock can enhance the chance for a long and successful relationship, the manager of the bridge worries that the the locks will erode the anti-rusk coating of bridge and hence create safety issues. The bridge is already 106 years old and serves as a key relic under national protection.
Right now the bridge only has fewer than 30 locks but the number seems to gradually increase:
Officials in Paris last year announced a trial experiment to begin removing some of the estimated 700,000 padlocks hanging on the famous Pont des Arts and replace the railings with glass to prevent couples from attaching new ones. Each panel is believed to weigh around 500 kilograms on average.
By Shirley Zhang
[Image via Shanghai Daily]