Sixteen couples wed near ‘Divine Tree’ on Alishan

Staff writer, with CNA

Thu, Oct 03, 2013 - Page 3

A group wedding took place in the Alishan National Scenic Area yesterday, with 16 couples tying the knot under the 1,000-year-old Divine Tree.

The group included 10 couples from Taiwan, three from China and one each from Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong.

The Alishan National Scenic Area Administration began hosting an annual group wedding seven years ago, and it has become one of the most important events on Taiwan’s tourism calendar, an official said.

Among the Chinese where a brother and sister from Jiangsu Province who married their respective partners. They said they had seen reports of last year’s wedding.

One of the Taiwanese couples, Chiang Tung-hsien (江東憲) and Huang Lan-ling (黃蘭菱), took the top spot in an online vote held to drum up interest in Alishan and the wedding. Voters were impressed that they had maintained a long-distance romance for 10 years.