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Love is in the air, in city sky

Zhang Xuechun was close to tears when she saw her pre-wedding photo in which she in a white gown and her fiance Qiu Yahan in wedding suit kiss at “the top of Shanghai,” yesterday.

“We’ve been through such a hard time,” Zhang said in a choked voice.

They were among six pairs of lovebirds who delayed their marriage plans when they were sent to work on the front line at airports, in hospitals and neighborhoods during the anti-coronavirus campaign.

Shanghai Tower, the second-tallest building in the world, has joined hands with local photography studio Tang Vision to offer free pre-wedding photoshoots on the tower’s 118th-floor observatory deck.

For Chinese couples, it’s common to have photos taken before the wedding day.

“We planned to register our marriage on February 2 but postponed due to the pandemic,” Zhang said.

“Neither of us has Shanghai hukou (permanent resident permit) and we haven’t been back to our home town to register the marriage. But it will be soon.”

Qiu is a grassroots community worker.

“My job was to ensure community health and safety. I was so busy as there were so many returning people, and I had to monitor their temperatures and health conditions,” he said.

But luckily, his fiance supported him.

“The whole nation was joining in the fight. I totally understand him and I feel proud of him,” Zhang said.

They took pre-wedding photos about half a month ago and received printed copies on Wednesday night at a special event held by Shanghai Tower. They were invited to enjoy the beautiful views of the city skyline and hang “love locks” 546 meters above the ground.

This year’s newlyweds, or lovebirds who have made appointments for marriage registration by the end of May, were allowed to visit the tower’s observatory for just 99 yuan (US$13.95) for two, about a quarter of the normal price, on Wednesday. And photographers from Tang Vision were there to take free photos.

Tower officials said hundreds of couples and lovebirds enjoyed the bargain.

Lichee and Angie, who married on May 11, didn’t hesitate to buy tickets after they learned about the offer. “We brought our marriage certificate,” Angie said.

Another newly married couple, both teachers, hurried to the tower straight from work, the wife in her bridal veil.


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