Rachel Lu

Spotted on China’s Web: Sometimes Money Does Equal Love

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. How about 52,000 RMB (US$8,300) worth of origami hearts?

One husband in Wenzhou posted on Sina Weibo, China’s Twitter, photos of the Valentine’s Day gift he plans to give to his wife — 520 origami hearts, each made out of a 100 RMB note. The 100 RMB note has a pleasing pink hue that is perfect for the occasion, and the number 520 sounds close to “I love you” in Mandarin.

The man, using the handle @憧憬的夜, tweeted:

#Valentine’s Day Gift. Kept myself busy for over two weeks, going to bed after midnight every night. Finishing folding 520 hearts before Valentine’s Day. Will find a friend my wife doesn’t know to dress up as a delivery man and get her to pick up the package. Hope to give her a surprise on Valentine’s Day!

China’s social media users are divided on the gift. The less romantically-inclined commented that a wire transfer would have gotten the job done just fine. @从西到北 quipped, “The wife was very moved, then asked him why he kept a secret stash of cash.”

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Rachel Lu

Rachel Lu is a co-founder of Tea Leaf Nation. Rachel traces her ancestry to Southern China. She spent much of her childhood memorizing Chinese poetry. After long stints in New York, New Haven and Cambridge, she has returned to China to bear witness to its great transformation. She is currently based in China.
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