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In China, the write way to marital bliss

If you need to spice up your love life, try hand-copying the 15,000-character Communist Party constitution on your wedding night, as one couple did

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 19 May, 2016, 11:10pm
UPDATED : Friday, 20 May, 2016, 10:46am

The constitution of the Chinese Communist Party (CPC) – not to be confused with China’s constitution – may be many things. But enhancing marital bliss has not been known to be among its many benefits.

Yet, a mainland couple who work for the Nanchang Railway Bureau spent their wedding night hand-copying sections of this key party text.

Li Yunpeng and his bride, Chen Xuanchi, said it helped them create “beautiful memories” of their wedding night. And to prove their labour of love, the company sent a photographer into their bedroom. The pictures were then posted on the WeChat account of the company, showing the couple deeply engaged in copying the text on a table next to a bed full of red balloons and heart-shaped pillows.

It’s not clear how much the couple copied together; the text has more than 15,000 characters. Presumably the more the merrier.


Chinese newlyweds ‘copy out parts of the Communist Party constitution on their wedding night’ as part of loyalty campaign


A few days later, the state-run Global Times helpfully explained that the ritual was part of a nationwide educational campaign – “Copy the CPC Constitution for 100 days” – to raise political consciousness among party members and civil servants.

The education campaign aims to guide “members to abide by Party rules and encourage them to act in accordance with CPC Central Committee policies and guidelines”.

Ominously, the Global Times added: “The campaign should target Party members with wavering confidence in communism and socialism with Chinese characteristics, as well as those who advocate Western values, violate Party rules, work inefficiently or behave unethically.”

Many state-owned companies and departments have asked staff to take time out to perform the copying exercise. Among these are China Telecom and People’s Daily. The latter’s international edition has instructed staff to commit to the exercise for 100 days, and employees have been copying every day since March 1. You wonder how they find time to produce news stories.

But the Nanchang Railway Bureau seems to have gone further than most, having ventured into the bedrooms of its own employees. Judging by the newlyweds, its workers fully appreciate the value of the exercise.

So forget 50 Shades of Grey, The Golden Lotus or Lust, Caution. If you need to spice up your marital life, try the CPC constitution instead.