While most Chinese people are thinking about which brand of luxury car they will use to drive to their wedding, one tuhao couple from Shanghai decided to just fly instead, hopping in a helicopter and causing a one-hour traffic jam in the process.
According to Sohu News, a helicopter was spotted landing right in the middle of Liuzaogang Bridge on Nanyuan Road in Pudong on Sunday. With security sealing off the entire bridge with red ropes, a smiling couple walked up the red carpet and boarded the chopper, eventually.
The couple are both from Shanghai, CNR reports. The groom rented the helicopter to take him and his bride to their wedding. The flashy form of transportation was also designed to provide an auspicious start to their marriage, since their parents believed that the couple’s “destinies are from the same sky.”
However, things didn’t exactly go as planned. The helicopter operation caused a traffic jam for almost an hour and annoyed drivers called the cops.
Check out this local news report below:
In the video we hear from Ms. Zhao, the vice general manager of Kingwing Aviation, the company that owns the helicopter, who says that they were only responsible for flying the helicopter, not choosing where it lands. According to Chinese laws and regulations, helicopters should not occupy any road unless there is an emergency.
China’s civil aviation authority said that the company had “ignored safety risks and jeopardized the public,” limiting their operations and grounding aircraft for an unspecified amount of time while an investigation is conducted, Shanghai Daily reports.
In case you have a wedding coming up, the company says it charges 20,000 to 60,000 yuan an hour for pickups, depending on the type of helicopter.
We can only hope that somewhere in that hour-long traffic jam was a convoy of luxury cars headed to another tuhao wedding.
By Sophie Wang
[Images via NetEase // Video via Sohu]