Planet China

Wedding banns

Marriage break-ups may be on the rise in China, but Chongqing declared itself a divorce-free zone this week. The nation’s biggest provincial municipality said that it would not approve any divorces over the eight day holiday celebrating modern China’s 60th anniversary. “We will be working voluntarily during the holiday to issue marriage certificates, but we will not be making any divorce appointments,” officer Wang, who is in charge of the Marriage and Adoption Centre in Yuzhong district in central Chongqing city, told the China Daily. The newspaper got similar confirmations from seven other Chongqing districts. There are masses of marriages happening elsewhere too. The Shanghai Wedding Trade Association forecast that the city would see 40,000 couples tie the knot this week, for instance.


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