- Title: CHINA-ICE WEDDING Couples tie the knot in China's mass ice wedding
- Date: 6th January 2015
- Summary: HARBIN, HEILONGJIANG PROVINCE, CHINA (JANUARY 6, 2015) (REUTERS) BRIDES AND GROOMS WALKING ONSTAGE MEDIA FILMING VARIOUS OF BRIDES AND GROOMS STANDING ON STAGE AS MORE ARRIVE VARIOUS OF BRIDES AND GROOMS STANDING MEDIA FILMING
- Embargoed: 21st January 2015 12:00
- Location: China
- Country: China
- Topics: General
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- Story Text: Couples from China and abroad braved temperatures of as low as -20 degrees Celcius (-4 Fahrenheit) to tie the knot in Harbin, northern China's "ice city" on Tuesday (January 6).
The 11 couples, hailing from as far afield as France, the Seychelles and Egypt, stood in the icy morning chill, their wedding dresses and suits under coats for the ceremony.
For 26-year-old Wang Pingyang from the northern Chinese city of Mudanjiang, marrying her husband, 28-year-old Chu Yuyuan, surrounded by the lights and ice sculptures of Harbin's annual ice festival made the experience even more special.
"I think lots of officials witnessing our love makes it really meaningful and these ice and lights here in Harbin are really beautiful, it gives me a really happy feeling, it makes me feel even more contented," Wang said.
Forty-year-old Egyptian exchange student Osman also joined the ceremony, "marrying" his wife, 35-year-old Marwa for the second time in the ice and snow.
"Yes it's too cold but we joined it because me and her want to repeat what we do for 15 years ago. I married her as my wife from 15 years ago in Egypt and I want to visit this day again," he said.
The mass wedding has become a regular feature of the Harbin ice festival, now in its 31st year.
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