A couple identified as Mr. Ye and Ms. Xue by Channel News Asia are making people believe in love again with this incredible, serendipitous, photo. The two met in Chengdu in 2011, fell in love, and got married.
But that wasn't the first time they crossed paths.
The two were looking through old family photos and noticed they'd both visited a public sculpture in the city of Qingdao, standing in the town's May Fourth Square. A pretty common landmark to take a photo in front of, but when they looked closer they saw they not only both visited it, they visited it on the exact same day at basically the exact same moment.
Mr. Ye had been looking through his mother-in-law's pics to see who the couple's twin daughters resembled more. But all he saw was himself, standing in the background of his wife's teen photo.
“I heard her mention before that she had been to Qingdao, while I also went to Qingdao and took pictures at the May Fourth Square. We didn’t know it yet," he said.
"When I saw the photo, I was taken by surprised and I got goosebumps all over my body ... that was my pose for taking photos. I also took a photo, it was the same posture, just from a different angle."
Mr. Ye shared the photo on Weibo, China's most popular social media platform, and it soon went viral. It's become a big deal to the family, obviously, and they say when their twin girls are old enough, they'll take them to visit the same statue and take a family portrait.
“It seems that Qingdao is certainly one of the most special cities (for us). When the children are older, we will go to Qingdao again and the family will take a photo again," he said.
People are blown away by this story, because it's incredibly romantic. They're also thinking they better start checking their own photo backgrounds immediately.
Interestingly, quite a few people ended up sharing stories of how they crossed paths with the loves of their lives over and over before finally meeting them. Fate is a funny thing! And not that uncommon, apparently.
me and the guy im dating lived next door to each other for a year and didnt know it til he moved somewhere else and we dated!— 🐒 (@angelnumber16) March 14, 2018
I picked up my husband's towel he dropped at the community pool when I was 10, he was 11. I didn't believe him until he explained my bathing suit and hairstyle...creeeepppyyy...lol— 🍑 Pit (@PEACHWEE98) March 13, 2018
My wife was In a wedding video I attended standing behind me. My friend and his wife were in a picture sitting behind each other in a random McDonald. Everyone should look through their photos their soulmate is in there somewhere. 😂— Bashir G. 🌟📡 (@Bashir_Gule) March 14, 2018
my husband played bball with UNLV. His team played against UNC in NC in the late 90s. I was at the game and caught one of balls he tossed into the crowd. We didnt "meet" until 2014.— Charlie (@Ansonsann) March 14, 2018
My wife and I got into our local high school football games for free cause we played sports in the district. I would walk these two girls I didn’t know every Friday night to the free entrance. It turns out one of the two girls was my now wife.— Bryce Hendry (@FizikzMager) March 13, 2018
My parents both came to the USA from Greece as teenagers. My father remembered seeing my mother and her siblings in line at the immigration office. My mom said the same- they wouldn’t meet till years later though until they were introduced by a mutual family friend.— Effie (@RisingAboveRa) March 14, 2018
I passed my BF in a building hallway 3 months before we met.. we both looked back to glance at each other. 👀— ArrozConPollo (@KiannaBanana) March 14, 2018
Met him randomly again in a grocery store 3 months later, 30 miles away... 💏
My dad and mum met 11 years before they met and got married. They met at a restaurant. Then years later her sister and her husband had a blind date for my mum and it was him.— Cheyenne stone (@cheyenneestone) March 14, 2018
I used to cosplay David Tennant's incarnation of the Doctor from Doctor Who and my wife noticed me and took a picture of me in cosplay. This was a few years before we met.— Hiro Miyazaki (@CelebisTARDIS) March 14, 2018
Omg my bf and I were always somehow at the same places and never knew and I also threw up on the side of his car at a party once <33333— peppermint pussy (@stephanieexo__) March 14, 2018
A year before we met, I worked retain in a boutique and sold my husbands little sister her prom dress. A few years later she was handing the dress down to her other sister and found the receipt with my name on it and was like “didn’t you work here?”— Valerie♡ (@Valerie_sp) March 14, 2018
Ok but not to, like, hijack the post w gross, but I met my guy years before realizing I’d met my guy. He remembered me from one short encounter where we weren’t even introduced, just saw some cute girl and never forgot her face. Life is weird.— Valerie ♀ (@gingerchick326) March 14, 2018
So, are you looking through your old albums?
I sure am.