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Bridge through the heavens

The Yomiuri Shimbun

A bridge is lit up at the Summer Palace in Beijing on Wednesday.

By Rie Tagawa / Yomiuri Shimbun Correspondent BEIJING — A bridge over a lake was lit up at the Summer Palace, a World Heritage site in Beijing, on Wednesday. It was the seventh day of the seventh month on the Chinese lunar calendar, a date known as China’s Valentine’s Day.

In a Chinese folktale called “The Cowherd and the Weaver Girl,” the two characters meet each other once a year, when magpies gather to form a bridge over the Milky Way. Lanterns were floating on the lake, and visitors were absorbed in taking pictures of the fantastic scene.

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