A Chinese couple stuck on an infinite date thanks to a virus lockout are relieved that love is in the air, not the coronavirus, and have agreed to tie the knot.
It’s the second time this month that Chinese state media has reported on a couple on a date getting stuck due to sudden lockdown rules – but this one has a happier ending.
Zhao Xiaoqing, a 28-year-old woman from northern China’s Shaanxi province, thought her mid-December date with a young man living in another city would be a one-day affair where she would also get to know his family.
Young Chinese living in smaller towns and rural communities often rely on family and friends to introduce potential matches and meet their date’s family at the same time.
“I never thought about staying the night because it’s kind of inconvenient,” Zhao Xiaoqing, who only met the man for the second time, told local media Jimu News on Monday.
But authorities in the city of Xianyang of her date suddenly ordered a lockdown due to a spike in virus cases, leaving the woman unable to return home.
The man’s parents urged the couple to get engaged after just a week together, but Zhao said she thought it was “too rushed”.
Zhao said she was “not too interested” when she first saw a photo of the man — named Zhao Fei — but later thought he looked better in person.
Despite the awkward start, the couple started to develop feelings for each other and have now decided to get engaged.
“We get along very well,” Zhao Xiaoqing, an online apple merchant, told Jimu News.
“I have to sell apples via live stream at his house, but no matter what time it is, he is always by my side. I am very touched by this,” she said.
“Our souls match, we get along very well and both our parents are happy,” she said.
The story captured the imagination of the online audience.
But while some swooned over fate’s relentless march, others again warned hasty decisions.
“Then you’ll get tired of each other after a year or two and get divorced…I’ve seen too many flash weddings like this,” wrote one.
“Sister, think about this,” warned another.
Zhao’s story went viral on Chinese social media just days after another couple made headlines for being stuck on a weeklong blind date thanks to a Covid lockdown.
Wang, a woman in central China’s Henan province, has been trapped in her lover’s apartment since they went out for a home-cooked meal in early January.
But the romance hasn’t blossomed for Wang, who complained that her date was as chatty as a “wooden mannequin”.
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