For the young Mr. Chen, nothing catches the attention of his future mother-in-law than £20,000’s worth of paper bills folded into origami roses — all presented to his fiancé on the day he proposed.


“Marriage without a home isn’t appropriate” were the words of his fiancé’s mother, who stressed that a house and a car are a must-have before giving her daughter up for marriage.

A native of Hangzhou, in the eastern Chinese province of Zhejiang, Mr. Chen, who understood the terms of marriage, spent four years saving up whatever extra cash he had to raise about 200,000 RMB, or an equivalent of £20,000.

Chen spent days, with the help of his friends, folding the bills into intricate paper roses. On February 12, his day of proposal, Mr. Chen said, “This is all of my savings. Now it’s all yours,” as he presented the finished bouquet to his fiancé.

But as what humanity has learned, love does not always equate to money, hence the ire of some critics. One academic from Zhejiang Academy of Social Sciences, Jianhua Yang, said that creating folded paper into roses, a flower that symbolizes love, “equates love with money, which is not right.”

Nevertheless, the girl ultimately said, “Yes.”