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PostPosted: Mon Aug 06, 2007 9:36 pm
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Yao Ming and Mini-Me are dressed alike.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 07, 2007 12:51 am
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Dont know if this is a fake picture. From

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 07, 2007 1:21 am
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Dont know if this is a fake picture. From

Of course it is fake. :P Ye Li is only about the same height as Steve Francis, i.e. 6ft 3. She is only to the shoulder of Yao Ming. She has to put on 7 inches to 8 inches high heels in order to be that tall as shown in the photo.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 07, 2007 1:29 am
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One of their photos leaked out....and went onto today's Shanghai Daily.

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Yao blocks paparazzi for a private wedding

By Lu Feiran and Zhou Kuanwei


Basketball player superstar Yao Ming and his wife, Ye Li, light a candle during a very private wedding ceremony at the China Hall of the Pudong Shangri-La hotel yesterday.

ONE of China's most eligible bachelors, basketball star Yao Ming, married his long-term girlfriend, Ye Li, at a closely guarded private ceremony at a luxury hotel in their hometown Shanghai yesterday.

The 2.26-meter Houston Rockets center and his 1.90-meter bride celebrated their wedding at a Chinese-style ceremony at thePudong Shangri-La hotel in the city's financial district.

The three-hour ceremony was attended by more than 70 family members, said a statement released on behalf of the couple.

Dozens of security guards patrolled the hotel to keep reporters from Chinese and foreign media at bay.

Yao, who also plays for the men's national team, and his bride were scheduled to go to Beijing today to take part in festivities celebrating the one-year countdown to the Beijing Olympics.

The wedding ceremony took place in the Shangri-La's China Hall from 6pm to 8:50pm.

Journalists from home and abroad began staking out the hall early yesterday. They spotted Ye, 25, who plays for the women's national basketball team, arriving with her parents around 11am.

Yao, 27, finally appeared at 5:45pm wearing a white shirt and black trousers. Journalists received wedding candy, a pink bear toy holding a large round chocolate, from Yao, who declined interviews.

At the ceremony, Yao and his bride were accompanied on the red carpet by groomsman Shen Wei, a former teammate of Yao, and a bridesmaid who is a cousin of Ye, according to witnesses. The newlyweds wore wedding rings each giving to the other and thanked their parents for giving them life.

The wedding banquet featured nine tables holding eight guests each. The food on each table was valued at about 12,300 yuan (US$1,580). The dishes were all Chinese cuisine cooked by the hotel's chefs, according to a wedding participant.

A Shangri-La staff member told Oriental Online earlier that Yao's guests would dine on "the best" dishes.

Details of the wedding banquet menu were not disclosed, however. Last year, Yao joined a campaign to promote wildlife protection and pledged to give up eating shark's fin soup.

A white curtain in front of the wedding hall was decorated with a heart-shaped placard that had two "Y"s printed in the middle.

Lilies was widely used for decoration, as the flower means "life-long happiness and perfect harmony" to Chinese.

Yao and Ye received their marriage certificate in Shanghai's Xuhui District last Friday.

Yao's wedding plans generated hot discussions on the Internet. According to a vote organized by the, about 80 percent of the more than 900 voters agreed that Yao should have a low-key wedding rather than a luxurious one, as it was "more in accord with his personality."

Vavay, a participant in a forum at, said a marriage ceremony should be a private affair. "He is just a man, and why he can't enjoy a moment of tranquility, even on his own wedding?" Vavay wrote.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 07, 2007 4:04 am
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buzzku wrote:
nig1 wrote:
Why wasn't Steve and Tmac invited?


pryuen was there. he took those photos w/ his handphone.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 07, 2007 5:55 am
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Aug. 7, 2007, 12:46AM

Yao's wedding unites East, West cultures
Shark fin soup, a tradition for the ceremony, is off the menu in Shanghai

Copyright 2007 Houston Chronicle

Yao Ming, the supersize Houston Rocket, on Monday married his girlfriend of eight years in a private Shanghai ceremony that local media described as a melding of Chinese and Western traditions.

The wedding of Yao, the 7-foot-6-inch NBA All-Star with a huge international following, and Ye Li, the 6-foot-2-inch former Chinese National Team basketball player who has been studying at the University of Houston, drew substantial media attention in China. The Web site dedicated a special section to the event, even though reporters clustered in the lobby of the five-star Pudong Shangri-La Hotel were excluded from the ceremony.

According to the Web site, the 70 or so guests began arriving at the hotel about 4 p.m. local time. Little girls dropped flower petals on a red carpet, and a large heart with two Y's at its center decorated the ballroom. The reception featured a "foreign jazz band" and cocktail tables, torches and "interactive prize drawings."

Photographs showed family and friends walking into the ballroom; some wore tuxedos and a few were attired in red traditional Chinese gowns.

The ceremony started at 6 p.m., reported, and the couple was sharing a kiss by 6:45. Both Yao's best man and Ye's maid of honor were former teammates of the couple. At 9 p.m., Yao delivered a speech.

The bride reportedly donned four dresses, but members of the wait staff quoted by did not see her wearing a traditional red dress.

Meanwhile, interested Houstonians scoured Web sites, seeking whatever details they could find.

"We were talking about it at lunch today," said Dong Wang, cultural counsel for the local Chinese Consulate. "Everybody is pretty happy today. Everybody likes him."

In another break from tradition, a Yao spokesman said, the couple left shark fin soup off the menu, traditionally considered a must for a wedding banquet. In August, Yao publicly swore off the delicacy in what the New York Times reported was an effort to help conserve China's ecosystem.

Thuy Hoang, who was at Houston's Tai Pei Wedding Studio this afternoon planning for her own December nuptials, said she wasn't shocked to hear that Ye changed dresses four times.

"Usually we have four dresses," she said.

In the morning, the Vietnamese and Chinese tradition is to wear a traditional dress. Then, for the ceremony, tradition dictates a switch to a white bridal gown. Then, to greet the guests, it's a red dress. The night is completed wearing a ball gown, Hoang said.

Privacy a priority

[size=100]Yao, 27, and Ye, 25, have gone to great lengths to maintain their privacy.

Yao once rarely spoke publicly of their relationship, though he began making more references to his girlfriend when the relationship became widely known during the 2004 Olympics in Athens. Ye made the red wristbands Yao has worn during games throughout his career.

During Monday's wedding, the media joked that the 100 hired security guards outnumbered guests. They were, said one journalist, like a SWAT team.

The hotel, overlooking the Huangpu River, featured wood paneling and large, majestic crystal chandeliers. A photograph, purported to be from inside the ballroom, showed tables set with simple white linens and red napkins.

The Associated Press reported the wedding cost $130,000.

In an impromptu news conference outside the ballroom, a family spokesman said the couple had no plans for a honeymoon cruise. He added, "I hope everybody is attending this event with celebratory mood."

Reporters were given little teddy bears with candy and compact disks with wedding portraits taken at a scenic resort in eastern China last week. Photographs showed them in a tuxedo and an off-the-shoulder gown.

They received their official marriage certificate on Friday.

The Titan sports newspaper reported Yao and his bride would be in Beijing to take part in festivities celebrating the one-year countdown to the opening of the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

While in Beijing, the couple will host a dinner for members of China's men's and women's basketball teams, the Oriental Morning Post reported.

Wang, of the Chinese Consulate in Houston, said he was surprised by the scale of the ceremony and reception.

"His wedding isn't big

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 07, 2007 6:39 am
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Found this interesting video about this lover's lock.......

This could be the same lover's lock as described earlier in China's various websites: the paparazzi discovered around July at a temple in Taihu, the lake, the origin of which, i.e.Taihuyuan, where they shot their wedding photos, there was a lover's locks with Yao Ming and Ye Li's names hanging there at the temple.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 07, 2007 4:29 pm
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feels like I'm readin US weekly or People magazine

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2007 2:31 am
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Just happened to see these photos on a user forum based in Lin An, the county/village where Taihuyuan located.

Must be from the photographer or some of the villagers there.

Just like to share these beautiful photos with you all.

ENJOY !!! 8) 8) 8)






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PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2007 6:47 am
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I hope they have 5 boys and form the starting 5 for the CNT in 20 or so years :wink:

Best of luck Yao!

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