A young Tibetan couple were left surprised after their wedding photos became an Internet hit.
Within four hours of being posted on WeChat, the popular Chinese instant messaging service, the images had received over 100,000 views.
The photos attracted attention, in addition to their good looks, for the way that they presented the couple enjoying two different lifestyles: urban and rural. Whilst in one set of photos they pose in modern and fashionable city locations, in the other set they show in nomadic, agricultural and pastoral areas.
Dressed in traditional Tibetan clothes, the young couple are typical of Tibetan people with their unique customs. When dressed in fashionable attire, they are as glamorous as any glossy magazine shoot.
"Everything in the city adds diversity to our lives, but we feel something is missing behind the hustle and bustle," wrote husband Gyerong Drolma on his WeChat feed.
The 31-year-old Tibetan comes from Dampa County of Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in southwest China's Sichuan Province, where the majority of residents are Tibetans living off the land, and his bride, Dawa Drolma, comes from a family in a village in Maerkang County of Sichuan's Aba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture.
After Gyerong graduated from Beijing-based Minzu University of China, he worked in the city for four years, before moving to Chengdu, the capital city of Sichuan Province, and started a company with his junior high school classmates. Dawa, who studied singing at Aba Normal College, now runs an online handicraft store.
"Those photos were not made instantly. When I attended a meeting in Lhasa [the capital city of southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region], we took a group of wedding photos against the city's temples," said Gyerong. "Then, when my company organized for its staff to travel abroad earlier this year, we took the opportunity to make a group of overseas wedding photos."
"As grassland is a necessary element of Tibetan culture, we then took another group of photos in the countryside of Aba. I wanted this group of photos to showcase as many Tibetan customs as possible," he added.
"Nowadays, society is highly materialistic. Some young people lose themselves while fighting for their dreams. We want to use our contrasting photos to remind young people not to forget their original intentions," said Gyerong.
Source: Women of China