The picture you are looking at has been taken at Great Wall in China — the very place where Nixon and his wife came to snap the historic picture on 02-24-1972. ”Love Lock” is the name they called.
About half way on the Nevada State Highway 95 between San Francisco (CA) to Salt Lake City (UT), there is a town bears that name: Lovelock (no kidding: Nevada 89419). To attract more tourists to its rural town, Lovelock, opened Lovers Lock Plaza on recent Valentine’s Day.
But China’s goal is to lock the love up rather than tourism. There’s an ancient Chinese tradition: when a young couple marries, they place a lock on the chain and throw the key over the wall representing everlasting love that cannot be broken, thus preserving their love forever… even though the divorce rate in China is not as scary as in the USA.
In Estonia, there is a similar tradition. At Tallinn, we could see a hanging bridge where lot of locks hung on a chain as part of the bridge. The Russian tradition says that in a marriage, the bride and the groom must buy a lock, write their names on it, lock it to the bridge and throw the key into the river, in order to keep their relation forever!
Ray Thomas wrote in his song that ”Love is the key to open any door”, but I am not sure how love would open the ”Love Lock”. Do you have any tips for me?
Nicoleta Gramada pointed out that I missed a big piece of info: Tuscany of Italy not only famous of its fields, it also has a wonderful tradition to lock the love as shown in this evidence.
Sorry about my short knowledge and thank you, Nicoleta. Please continue to watch my steps as you promised!
* Link to Tuscany fields: http://www.photo.net/photodb/presentation?presentation_id=254353
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clarita (654) 2006-06-13 17:01
nice image here...i like the subdued/muted colours...and the angle at which you took this shot.
thx for posting.
sorry i can't give you any props for this...i ran out.
nicol_g (859) 2006-06-13 18:00
"All you need is love, love is all you need" (The Beatles).
A senzitive theme this time! It's interesting to find out once more about this tradition regarding love!
I don't know if I understood well the question in the end of your note... Why would someone want to open the "Love lock"? Isn't its goal to stay locked forever so that love LAST ENDLESSLY???
Yuanclarkson (38) 2006-06-14 21:55
Getting curious from your photo, I made a search within TrekEarth alone, and found some additional info to share among us:
* Anhui, China
* Beijing, China
* Riga, Latvia
* Riga, Latvia
* Islamabad, Pakistan.
I hope someone who had chances to see at other parts of our planet will continue to add.
jyraya (397) 2006-06-15 7:11
I to have seen the Love Lock chain on the great wall.
I like how you have used this POV to show the locks. You must have gotten there shortly after many people attached new locks. while I was there all the locks were rusted almost beyond recognition. :)
fkokol (1636) 2006-07-28 18:02
Nice shot. I like the colours very much.
- Copyright: Ngy Thanh (ngythanh) (8578)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2004-06-00
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Canon EOS 3, Canon EF 24-70mm L, 35mm negative
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Valentine's Day [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2006-06-13 5:42