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A bride who was kidnapped and was forced to marry an older man, eventually escaped captivity and after finding true love after 35 years, celebrates by permanently wearing her wedding dress, for the last ten years.
When she was 18, Mrs Junfeng was kidnapped from her hometown and sold to a remote village to be the wife of an elderly man, but after 15 years in captivity, she found the courage to run away.
Xiang Junfeng, 47, from Jimo in the Shandong province of China, is otherwise known as 'sister wedding gowns' by locals because of her tendency to wear her wedding gowns all year round.
She was originally sold to a man in Linyi, in China's Shandong province, but she claims the man almost used her like a slave, forcing her to work in the fields. She later escaped, running to a village in Liujiazhuang village in Jimo city in Shandong province were she was helped by a local woman.
This woman eventually introduced Mrs Junfeng to her brother, Zhu Zhengliang, who she married in 2004.
Before the big day she bought one dress, and later made three others, so she could rotate them and always be wearing one for each of the four seasons.
After she met and married her husband, he helped rehabilitate her to everyday life.
She said: "I had only ever known a violent and abusive man and I avoided men until I met my new partner who brought me truly out of my shell, and treated me so differently."
"My wedding day was the happiest day of my life and I never wanted it to end, and that was when I decided I wanted to not only keep wearing my wedding dress, but actually bought four other wedding dresses as well."
The only thing that upsets Xiang is that she can't register her marriage officially because she doesn't have the correct paperwork because of her first marriage.
However, the local police station said they are thinking of helping Xiang in becoming registered.
She said that locals regarded her as strange because of her obsession with the wedding dresses especially when she is working in the fields but added: "I don’t even have any other clothes."
But she said the main thing was that it didn’t disturb her husband, who knew that it made her happy
She said: "I don’t care what people say about me. My wedding dresses are part of my life and I will continue to wear them regardless."
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