I never thought that, by an accident of fate, I’d tie the knot so quickly

On 22 December last year, I travelled three hours from my village in Shaanxi province, in north-west China, to the city of Xianyang to meet Zhao Fei and his parents. It was my second date with Fei, so I was still a bit nervous. I was also meeting his parents for the first time. I was shy and my heart beat fast as he ushered me into his house that afternoon.

I had got to know Fei through my relatives. When Covid hit in 2020, I left buzzing Shanghai and returned home to the sleepy village where I was born. My well-intentioned family started arranging blind dates for me. One day, my aunt mentioned that an acquaintance’s son was single, and suggested I meet him.

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