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(China Plus) May 20, is a newly-invented celebration for Chinese people, because the pronunciation of "5.20" sounds similar to the words for "I love you" in Chinese. In the Internet age, Chinese netizens have taken it as a day to express their love. On this special day, let's take a look at the love story of President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan.Xi Jinping respects his parents and loves his wife and daughter. He and his wife Peng Liyuan are seen by many as a good example of marriage for the Chinese people.
Love means being together.
Xi Jinping and Peng Liyuan married in September 1987. They didn't hold a big ceremony, just a simple dinner to celebrate with a few colleagues and friends.

Xi Jinping and Peng Liyuan in 1987 on Dongshan Island, Fujian Province. [File Photo: Xinhua]

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Love means caring about each other
As a Party official, Xi Jinping often needed to go out for work inspections, while Peng Liyuan, as a singer, left her footprints across the country as she travelled for performances. Although they were separated most of the time, they shared a mutual understanding and concern for each other.

Xi Jinping and Peng Liyuan in September 1989. [File Photo: Xinhua]

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It is quite cold in winter in Fujian Province where Xi was working, so Peng sewed a quilt for her husband. When Peng was working at the CCTV Spring Festival Gala, Xi would make dumplings and wait for his wife to return home for the reunion dinner.

Xi Jinping being interviewed by Yan'an television station. [File Photo: CCTV]

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Love is what it takes to build a home.
Xi and Peng were strict parents and thrifty housekeepers.
They wanted their daughter to  grow up to be pure and honest.

Xi Jinping plays with his daughter in Fuzhou. [File Photo: Xinhua]

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Xi Jinping and Peng Liyuan with their daughter and Xi's father Xi Zhongxun. [File Photo: Xinhua]

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Love is being together for a lifetime.
Since Xi Jinping took the office of president, he has appeared with Peng Liyuan on many occasions. The public admire the couple for their bond.

Xi Jinping and Peng Liyuan wave to the public after arriving at the airport in Islamabad for a state visit to Pakistan on April 20, 2015. [File Photo: Xinhua]

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Happiness includes being welcomed by family and the loved ones.
On the eve of the Spring Festival in 2015, Xi Jinping visited Liangjiahe in Shaanxi Province, where he had been working as a farmer for nearly seven years. He introduced Peng Liyuan to the residents there using the local accent, saying "This is my wife."

Xi Jinping and Peng Liyuan take photos with local residents in Liangjiahe Village, Shaanxi Province, on February 13, 2015. [File Photo: Xinhua]

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