Does true love come with a price?
The rising cost of bride price in China is making it unaffordable for young people to get married. The following pictures illustrate how China bride price keeps rising for 37 years.http://images.china.cn/attachement/jpg/site1007/20170327/d43d7e14d4731a42ca2063.jpgA group of people takes the bride price and goes to the bride's home to escort her to the wedding in 1980. The bride price varies in different regions and has risen from several yuan to more than 10,000 yuan (US$1,450) over the past 30 years in China. The wedding ceremony is a reflection of the tremendous change in the past three decades in China.
http://images.china.cn/attachement/jpg/site1007/20170327/d43d7e14d4731a42ca3c00.jpgA bride washes her hands in the basin held by a kid in Tongchuan, Shaanxi Province in 1983, and she needs to give red packets or candy to the kid. According to the photographer, usually the bride price included a watch, a sewing machine, a bike and a recorder in the early 1980s. A richer family may give 100 yuan (US$14.5) to 200 yuan (US$29).
http://images.china.cn/attachement/jpg/site1007/20170327/d43d7e14d4731a42ca5101.jpgSeveral simple trousseaux are loaded on a small truck in Tongchuan, Shaanxi Province in 1986. The bride price was very simple in the 1980s; usually it included some daily necessities.
http://images.china.cn/attachement/jpg/site1007/20170327/d43d7e14d4731a42ca6802.jpgThe bridegroom goes to the bride's home to escort her to the wedding by car in October 1990 in Tongchuan, Shaanxi Province.
http://images.china.cn/attachement/jpg/site1007/20170327/d43d7e14d4731a42caa903.jpgThe bridegroom carries the bride and walks into his house in Mizhi County in Shaanxi Province in 2000.
http://images.china.cn/attachement/jpg/site1007/20170327/d43d7e14d4731a42cabd04.jpgThe bridegroom pays tribute to the bride's ancestors according to local customs in Tongchuan, Shaanxi Province in 2003.
http://images.china.cn/attachement/jpg/site1007/20170327/d43d7e14d4731a42cad305.jpgIn Yijun County, the bridegroom goes to the bride's home to escort her to the wedding with roses and a chicken in 2005.