Xue and now-husband Ye were photographed together as teenagers in the Chinese town of Qingdao – and didn’t find out until after they married
Two strangers pose for a photo at the exact same spot, in front of a towering red sculpture in a town square in China.
By mere chance they appear in the same photo, their respective gazes trained on the two separate cameras taking their picture.
But in a little more than a decade they will be married.
This unlikely series of events happened to a couple in China who recently discovered the photo by chance.
Xue and her now husband Ye, who were only identified by their surnames in local media reports, were unknowingly standing several meters apart in July 2000 — 11 years before they met in different city a thousand miles away.
The two were both visiting May Fourth Square in the eastern beachside city of Qingdao.
Xue was accompanying her mother who was recovering from surgery and took the trip to boost her spirits.
Ye was part of a package tour group booked by his mother, who has to drop out at the last minute due to appendicitis.
At the exact same moment, both posed for pictures in front of the square’s central sculpture, which commemorates the May Fourth movement, when Chinese students took to the streets to protest their country’s ill treatment in the
Treaty of Versailles, ending the World War I.
They went their separate ways and spend the next decade unaware the other person existed.
Even after they met and fell in love in 2011, they did not know of their missed connection until they recently saw the photo of Xue, with Ye standing off in the background.
“When I saw the photo I was taken by surprise and I got goosebumps all over my body,” Ye said.
Like any good modern coincidence of this magnitude, their story went viral.
The couple’s friends said it was incontrovertible proof the two were meant to be together.
Now with twin daughters, they plan to go back to the same spot.
“It seems that Qingdao is certainly one of the most special cities,” Ye said.
“When the children are older we’ll go to Qingdao again and the family will take another photo.”