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Web of love: 81-year-old meets his bride online

An 81-year-old Chinese man has proved that age need not be a barrier to Internet love, marrying a 58-year-old bride he found on a matchmaking Web site. Wu Jieqin wed Jiang Xiaohui within three days of their first date.
/ Source: TODAY

An 81-year-old Chinese man has proved age need not be a barrier to finding love ... particularly on the Internet. The older man married a 58-year-old bride he met online within three days of their first date.

Wu Jieqin, a retired Beijing art professor who has spent time in an aged-care home, married Jiang Xiaohui, 23 years younger, in a ceremony on the weekend, the Beijing News reported.

“I saw her picture online and I thought she was just the one I was looking for,” Wu told the newspaper.

Wu, who has been divorced since he was 63, posted a lonely-hearts notice on a matchmaking Web site last year with the help of a student.

“The Internet doesn't belong to the young alone,” he told the paper. He said he had been using the Internet since 1998.

“There are no rules against old people seeking love online.”

After chatting online for 10 days, Wu went to Chengdu City in Sichuan Province to meet Jiang, the report said.

“I knew I found my true love at the first sight of her,” Wu told the newspaper. But to reach the altar, Wu had to overcome the opposition of Jiang's parents, aged 85 and 86, who feared he was too old.

But she won them over.

“His voice is very youthful. Not like an 80-year-old,” Jiang told the paper. “He's very romantic.”

Not that the feisty retiree with thin gray hair was not picky.

“As Internet mates of his own age did not suit him, he set his sights on a woman in her 40s or 50s,” the report said.

Wu said more than 50 women responded positively to his ad, including prospects from the United States, Australia and the Ukraine. Wu met several of them, but things clicked only when with Jiang, a retired railway worker from southwest China's Sichuan province.

Wu plans to move to Sichuan to be with his new bride. He likened their love to two well-meshed gears.

“As long they are up to scratch, they can keep turning forever, and you don't have to care whether they're old or new,” he said.