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Day to remember as couples tie the knot (3)

China Daily)  08:19, December 13, 2012

Couples read marriage vows in Shanghai, east China, Dec. 12, 2012. Chinese couples rushed to tie the knot on Wednesday, believing the day to be an auspicious one, as the date sounds like a promise of love when said in Chinese. (Xinhua/Ding Ding)

Guangzhou, capital of Guangdong province, saw 2,410 lovebirds tie the knot by 4 pm, including 21 with a foreign bride or groom, authorities said. The number was 1,800 more than on Valentine's Day this year.

About 2,000 couples obtained marriage registration certificates on Wednesday in Changchun, capital of Jilin province, Xinhua News Agency reported.

In Beijing, more than 4,200 couples made online reservations to register on Wednesday, four times the number for an ordinary day.

Similar scenes occurred in Hong Kong (696 couples married) and Singapore (540). Hong Kong's five marriage registries were packed with hundreds of people taking photos of brides and grooms in full wedding regalia.

"There won't be a 13/13/13," 34-year-old groom Raymond Ip told AFP, adding that he had booked the day six months in advance.

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