Public Rides, Private Perks

Chutian Metropolis Daily, a commercial spin-off of Hubei’s official Hubei Daily, reported in January 2010 that Internet users had exposed the use of two public vehicles during a Chinese wedding in the city of Tianmen (天门市) over the New Year holiday. Videos released online showed the sedans, bearing official license plates, being used to pick up the bride and her entourage and escort her back to the wedding (a tradition during Chinese wedding ceremonies). In this cartoon, posted by the Kunming-based studio Yuan Jiao Man’s Space (圆觉漫时空) to QQ.com, a white luxury sedan with official red stamps in the place of its wheels (an obvious reference to its official purpose) is decorated with wedding messages. The characters for “double happiness” grace the windshield, and a plaque over a symbolic red heart on the front bumper reads “one hundred years of harmony.”

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