When Xu Lin and her bridegroom decided to marry, they got on their bikes and cycled around the hilly streets of the south China city of Chongqing.
The couple weren’t just out for the fresh air and exercise – they were at the forefront of a new trend that is bucking the standard Chinese conception of an elaborate and very expensive wedding.
Driven by soaring food prices and the rising cost of living, young couples are searching for innovative – and much cheaper – ways to celebrate their commitment to each other. “The uniqueness and economy of the bicycle wedding were the big attractions,” says Xu Lin. “It was a memorable day and it didn’t leave us out of pocket.”
Others couples are catching on, as broadcast by Jiang Xi 2: