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”Love Lock”

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!

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