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Increase in number of weddings

ALTOGETHER 477 couples tied the knot yesterday, more than usual because some think November 11 is an auspicious day for getting married, according to the Shanghai Civil Affairs Bureau.

"Usually 300 to 400 couples come to obtain marriage certificates every day," said Zhou Jixiang, director of the bureau's marriage management division. "Last year on November 11, nearly 500 couples tied the knot."

Zhou said there is a growing trend among young people to marry on the special day.

Yu Wen, a 28-year-old man, yesterday tied the knot with his fiancee. "At first, we didn't realize it was Singles' Day," he said. "But it's a good memorial day to mark the ending of our single life."

Yesterday was also a good day for some people to start a new life. For 24-year-old Shen Youli it was like riding a roller coaster.

The woman planned to tell a man that she has been in love with him for a long time, but the man told her that he has just got engaged to another woman.

"I know he had a girlfriend, but I didn't know they were engaged," said Shen. "But anyway, I still wanted to express my feelings to him on the day, otherwise I would have regretted it."

But what amazed her happened later when one of her friends, a man who is two years younger than her, declared his love for her.

"I was truly shocked and unprepared," she said.

"Although I was very touched, I haven't given him an answer because I still need time to think before making such a big decision."


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