While falling in love on a train are happenings seen in cliché rom-coms, the Chinese in a bid for singles to find love and tackle its sex problem are sending over 1000 single men and women on a love train. The 10-carriage train, known as the Y999 'Love-Pursuit Train', was launched three years ago as a creative platform for young people to meet is on a hot pursuit to help over the 30 million single Chinese find love.
According to The Chinese Daily, 1,000 single people took part in the trip again this year on August 10. The train departed from Chongqing North station and after a two-day journey with an overnight stay, the love-pursuits in Qianjiang.
"These activities are more creative than matchmaking. The train is like a bridge, bringing people from different places together, to get to know each other during the journey," said Huang Song, one of the participants on the Love-Pursuit Train.
"Even if you don't find the right one for you, you can still make a lot of friends on the train’’ the passenger added.
The reports also add that out of the 3,000 youngsters have ridden the love train on its three annual trips, 10 couples have got married after finding each other on the rail service.
One lucky pursuer, Yang Huan who found her Romeo on the train also told youth.cn, 'We only got to know each other on the return trip and realised we had matching values,'
'We realised that we both wanted the kind of love that is depicted in poem "To the Oak Tree" when both sides admire each other but remain independent.
'We enjoyed being together. [It felt] nature, easy and not coy’ she added.