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Changing marriage and love in China
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1980s - Simple wedding celebrations

A couple married in the 1980's [File photo] 

Zhang and Li got married in 1980, when people were not that well-off. There was only a very simple banquet to celebrate their wedding.

Zhao Yongfu too had only a simple wedding ceremony, without honeymoon, video or any great fuss. For many couples in the 1980s, their wedding ceremony was warm and simple, and marriage was just another step in life rather than an important personal milestone.

In the 1980s, couples maintained good relationships in spite of hard financial times, and divorce was regarded as immoral. Most people looked for a life-long relationship.

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