外文标题：Chinese man gives future bride 8.88 million yuan in cash
SHANGHAI: A Chinese suitor who gave his future bride an auspicious 8.88 million yuan ($1.5 million) in cash drew ire on Thursday for the extravagant display of wealth in the still-developing country.
Some 18 porters transported baskets and boxes filled with the money, which together weighed more than 102 kilograms (224 pounds), the Shanghai Daily newspaper reported.
Photos showed bamboo baskets stacked with bundles of 100 yuan notes, which are red and depict Mao Zedong, communist China's founding father.
Members of the man's entourage showed up at the woman's house in a fleet of luxury vehicles, led by a Maserati sports car, reports said.
A decades-long economic boom has created massive wealth in China but many rural residents and urban poor have been left behind.
"It's not so much marrying a wife, but buying one. If they really loved each other, there would be no need for such extravagance," wrote one user of China's popular weibo microblogs.
The couple are both from rich families in the eastern province of Zhejiang, where it is traditional in some areas to offer engagement gifts, the newspaper said.
The families -- both surnamed Huang -- chose the amount of money because the word for eight is linked with the meaning "wealth" in Chinese.
"Marriage achieved by money, can it last?" said another microblog poster.
COLORFULBANDHA (Milkyway Galaxy)
wonder why cash ? couldn't he just write a check and give in red packet (lai see) ?
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KApt Slim ()
Haters gonna Hate .... But I must say everyone is entitled to woo his/her finance the way he/she likes So sit back and just enjoy the news
It proves that China is no more a communist country but a RED CAPITALIST country.
Indian Dan (Europe)
Perhaps we should introduce this custom in India, now that the ugly trend of female abortions has tipped the male-female ratio - dowry murders and harassment would get eradicated, and Indian women would enjoy a decent and respectful life.
Sachin Patel ()
Why cash? China don't have bank check?
Observer (LAC) replies to Sachin Patel
No, China still very backward economically compared to India.
cdolma dolma ()
The money is all in exchange of destroyng Tibet's natural resources in place of which they get money.
Akshay Kumar ()
Its his wish whichever way he uses his money.........
ek singh (Unknown)
wow love is expensive
Mamata Paikaray ()
At least the girl wasn't forced to give dowry.......but extravagance n display of wealth can be annoying to those who have to struggle to make both ends meet.......certainly not in good taste.
no harm done, but it would have been better, if this kind of gesture would have been to a would be bride from a poor family because of such need by poor family members and the bride. this would have looked good and true love.