On November 24, 1945, in Chongqing’s Northern Hot Springs Park, a young newlywed couple snapped some photos on their long-awaited wedding day. 70 years later to the day, the couple returned to the same park to remember their platinum anniversary and retake those photos from so long ago.
Cao Yuehua and Wang Deyi, both 98-years-old, have always been the perfect couple, the “Fudan genius” and the “Jiaotong beauty.” Together during World War II they fled Shanghai and ended up in Chongqing where they enlisted as soldiers to fight against the Japanese invaders.
Cao was sent to the Burma front, whenever he would have time, he would write love letters and mail them to Wang. An intelligent amateur poet, fluent in three foreign languages, these notes made quite the impression. In fact, one of the letters was so moving that more than 50 years later it won a contest as “the world’s most romantic love letter.”
Once the war ended and Cao returned to Chongqing the two got married and have lived happily ever after since. In fact, throughout the years the couple’s story has been published in multiple outlets and their incredible love and commitment has been honored with numerous awards.
This isn’t the first time that they’ve returned to the place where they were married. For their 60th anniversary the couple came back as well. They also have been known before to recreate some of their favorite photos from the past.
By the end of the ceremony commemorating their 70th anniversary, Wang clutched her husband’s hand and asked, “When we are both 100 years old, we will come back again, ok?”
[Images via Tencent & China News]