A special Valentine's Day during the pandemic
By Dong Xue

You could be avoiding those fancy dinner dates or trips to the movie theater this year, but a Valentine's Day during the pandemic may not be so bad.

But for some, it may actually be more special.

"I think people are cherishing this year's Valentine's Day even more, because we are surrounded by family. Due to the pandemic, we can not dine or hang out freely, so now, we will treasure what we have," said a Beijing resident. 

This is not the first time that Valentine's Day falls during China's Lunar New Year holiday. But unlike previous years, authorities have asked people to stay put and avoid travelling over coronavirus concerns. The silver-lining is that the call has created an opportunity for couples, who would normally be apart with their own families, to celebrate this day together.

A 32-year-old Beijing resident told CGTN that in the past, he would deliver best wishes to his girlfriend via WeChat. But this year, they can stay together, and spend time with their parents.

"This is a good way to help us get closer," he added.

In light of the celebration, CGTN conducted a survey online asking people what their plans are for Valentine's Day.

Out of the 1,000 people who answered, more than 80 percent said they would stay at home to avoid unnecessary contact with others. 

Some say distance makes the heart grow fonder, and also keeps you safer. The pandemic has highlighted the importance of celebrating and connecting with loved ones, giving Valentine's Day an extra lift this year, as people cherish their relationships all the more deeply. 

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