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This lockdown date has a happy end

A CHINESE couple who were trapped on a never-ending date thanks to a lockdown have been relieved to find that love, not coronavirus, is in the air and have agreed to tie the knot.

It is the second time this month that China’s state media have published reports about a couple on a date getting trapped by sudden lockdown rules — but this one has a happier ending.

Zhao Xiaoqing, a 28-year-old woman from Shaanxi Province, thought her date in mid-December with a young man living in a different city would be a one-day affair where she would also get to know his family.

“I never thought about staying the night, because it’s pretty awkward,” Zhao, who was meeting the man for only the second time, told local media Jimu News on Monday.

But authorities in her date’s city of Xianyang suddenly ordered a lockdown due to a spike in virus cases, leaving the woman stranded.

The man’s parents urged the pair to get engaged after just one week together — but Zhao said she felt it was “too rushed.”

Zhao said she was “not too interested” when she first saw a photograph of the man called Zhao Fei.

Despite the awkward start, the pair began to develop feelings for each other, and are now getting engaged.

Zhao’s story went viral on social media days after another pair made headlines for being trapped on a week-long blind date due to a lockdown.

Wang, a woman in Henan Province, has been stuck in her suitor’s house since going for a home-cooked meal as their first date in early January.

But romance has not blossomed for Wang, who complained her date was as talkative as a “wooden mannequin.”


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