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.”