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.
So, are you looking through your old albums?
I sure am.
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