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PostPosted: Fri Aug 10, 2007 12:31 am
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pryuen wrote:
superjohn wrote:
Any pics of Yao's and Ye's parents?


They are at home in Shanghai. :roll:


Why didn't they go to the wedding?


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 10, 2007 5:18 am
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Looks like they had a good time....... :P

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http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/08/ ... o-Ming.php

Yao Ming gets tipsy at dinner celebrating wedding

[size=109]The Associated Press
Published: August 10, 2007


BEIJING: Yao Ming the newlywed treated his Chinese teammates to a celebratory dinner at a posh Beijing hotel, where guests feasted on a 10-course meal


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 10, 2007 4:11 pm
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Wow, Yao and Ye had some expensive gifts. Any word on what Yi Jianlian got him? By the way, the guy in white next Yi is Liu Xiaoyu, a fragile 6-2 guard who shined at the Nike All-American Camp in Indianapolis for the past two years competing against the top talents of high school players including Kevin Durant. Kid's got a lot of potential, hope to see him in the league in five years.


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 10, 2007 4:37 pm
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Wait until Yao returns to Houston and the Rocket players throw a party for him - it is going to be off the hook!

I hope Rafer is traded by then though, we don't want Yao grabbing the parking lot attendant and spitting in his face!

I am sure the Rocket player's wives and GFs will have a party for Ye Li as well.


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 10, 2007 5:01 pm
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airchina23 wrote:
Wow, Yao and Ye had some expensive gifts. Any word on what Yi Jianlian got him?


Of all the national team players, only Wang Zhizhi gifted Yao Ming with a Vilca crystal warrior figurine. All the others shared the price for that gold ru yi. And Liu Wei told the reporters, he is going to buy some present on his own for Yao in Shanghai.


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 10, 2007 5:04 pm
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superjohn wrote:
pryuen wrote:
superjohn wrote:
Any pics of Yao's and Ye's parents?


They are at home in Shanghai. :roll:


Why didn't they go to the wedding?


Because their wedding was on August 6 in Shanghai. This August 9 one was only a dinner for the national teams and CBA officials. :roll:


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 2007 1:32 am
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pryuen wrote:
superjohn wrote:
pryuen wrote:
superjohn wrote:
Any pics of Yao's and Ye's parents?


They are at home in Shanghai. :roll:


Why didn't they go to the wedding?


Because their wedding was on August 6 in Shanghai. This August 9 one was only a dinner for the national teams and CBA officials. :roll:


Are there any pics with the parents at the wedding?


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2007 1:55 am
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superjohn wrote:
pryuen wrote:
superjohn wrote:
pryuen wrote:
superjohn wrote:
Any pics of Yao's and Ye's parents?


They are at home in Shanghai. :roll:


Why didn't they go to the wedding?


Because their wedding was on August 6 in Shanghai. This August 9 one was only a dinner for the national teams and CBA officials. :roll:


Are there any pics with the parents at the wedding?




Yao Ming's Self-Written Wedding Vows Include How He Loves The Top Of His Wife's Head


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 24, 2007 9:28 am
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yao can be very sentimental and speak creatively.


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http://www.china.org.cn/english/sports/222519.htm


Groomsman Fondly Recounts Yao Ming's Marriage


NBA Star Yao Ming's groomsman and former teammate Shen Wei said, "Yao and Ye Li are meant to be a couple. Their wedding was as effortless as Yao himself."

Yao's wedding ceremony

On August 6, 2007, the Shanghai Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum dressed Yao Ming's wax figure with a tuxedo. In the background music from the Chinese pop song Marry Me Today floated over the air. Holding fragrant roses, the wax "Yao" smiled to celebrate this significant day.



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Two visitors pose for a photo in front of the wax figure of Yao Ming in a tuxedo which made debut at Madam Tussauds' Wax Museum on Nanjing Road, east China's Shanghai Municipality on August 6, 2007.

The wedding ceremony took place in Shanghai, inside the Pudong Shangri-La Hotel's China Hall. From 9 AM onwards, both hotel staff and wedding ceremony planners began to prepare for the banquet. Nine tables holding eight guests each were set up. Hotel staff dressed in identical uniforms; security guards patrolled the hotel to make sure it stayed a private ceremony.

The ceremony began at 6 PM. China's top jazz singer, Tian Guo'an, began singing classical English songs as the soon-to-be-wed couple's relatives and friends stepped into the hall. Yao, dressed in a special tailor-made swallow-tailed coat, stood at the corner of the red carpet and waited for his bride Ye Li to emerge from several clusters of lilies.

Groomsman Shen Wei, used to wearing sports suits, had to wear a business suit instead. Shen said that, standing beside Yao, he could indeed feel the groom's heartbeats.

As one of Yao's best friends, Shen said, "The wedding was as effortless as Yao himself."

At the Chinese-style ceremony, Shen drank a lot in Yao's place; he feared that if Yao drank too much it could affect his health and his performance in later competitions.

The wedding ceremony reached a climax when Yao carried his bride on his back and moved around the hall in a circle in accompaniment to a comic song. Everyone burst into laughter.



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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 Shagri-La hotel on August 6, 2007.

Yao and Ye's love

Shen said, "Ye is the first and the only girl Yao ever dated."

In Shen's opinion, Yao is an introvert. He has never rashly dated any girl. "If he dated any one, she must be his true love."

Yao kept saying that he never imagined Ye was after his fame or money. "We have known each other since we were teenagers."

In 1997, Yao aged at 17 met Ye of 16 for the first time at the Shanghai Juvenile Sports School.

In 1998, Yao met Ye again at the training grounds of the Shanghai municipal team. Yao showed Ye some basketball skills and invited her to go see some films.

In 1999, Yao was elected to participate as a member of China's national team during the Sydney Olympics. He saw Ye again when he was in training. At this time Yao began to collect women's basketball photos with Ye in them.

When participating in the Sydney Olympics, he collected more than 200 team emblems because "Ye liked them." Yao said, "I chose the best 50 emblems as the gift for her 19th birthday. She accepted both my gift and me. And actually I kept the other 150 in case she had refused me."

In 2002 the NBA recruited Yao. On Valentine's Eve, Ye wove two red rope bracelets, signifying love. Ye wore one on her right wrist; Yao wore the other on his left wrist.

When he joined the Houston Rockets, Yao chose number 11 as his number instead of 13, his number on China's national team. He chose 11 because Ye's number is 11.

At the closing ceremony of the 2004 Athens Olympics the couple appeared together and publicly declared their love.


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NBA star Yao Ming and his fiance Ye Li pose in their official wedding portrait in Hangzhou, China in this photo released August 6, 2007.

[size=100]Yao once said to Shen that Ye was the person who truly witnessed his growth.

Shen said because of the media's constant coverage, the two lovers were at odds to find any private places for dating. They could only chat at home or go for a midnight film.

"They should marry each other since they experienced so much together."

Playground brotherhood

To Shen, Yao is not a super star; rather he is a close friend.

They met when Yao enrolled in the Shanghai youth basketball team in the summer of 1994. Shen had already arrived half a year earlier. After the indescribably hard training, the two boys wanted to play games. Though Yao's family is quite poor, his mother had bought him a then popular game player, bringing the boy great joy.

They often sneaked out of the dormitory to play games at the Internet caf


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