Xinchang water town becomes new landmark for Chinese Valentine's Day
Shanghai's centuries-old Xinchang water town has arranged an array of activities in celebration of the Qixi Festival, on Chinese Valentine's Day.
The postal code for Xinchang is 201314, which translates as "love you forever" in Chinese, making it a new romantic rendezvous in the city.
Xinchang organized a special event to celebrate this year's Qixi, which fell on Tuesday. Lovebirds sent postcards written with love messages through a pink "love mailbox," and made silver accessories or brewed a cup of coffee for their partner. They also experienced traditional Chinese handicrafts such as woodblock printing and tayin, or rubbing.
Xinchang has a vibrant mix of interlacing alleys, carved stone-arch bridges and building clusters from the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing dynasties (1644-1911) where families have lived for generations.
It's currently working with some other water towns to be placed on the UNESCO list of World Cultural Heritage sites.