NBA star center Yao Ming has married
to his longtime girlfriend Ye Li in their hometown Shanghai on Monday.
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SHANGHAI, Aug. 6 (Xinhua) -- NBA star center Yao Ming
has married to his longtime girlfriend Ye Li in their hometown of Shanghai on
A low-key wedding ceremony was held in the five-star
Shangri-La Hotel in Shanghai, and only some 70 family members and relatives were
present, according to Zhang Chi, press representative of Team Yao, which manages
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 yesterday. (Shanghai
Daily Photo) Photo
The ceremony, which lasted three hours, included
exchange of rings, offering tea and flowers to parents to express gratitude, and
sharing of a wedding cake, according to Zhang.
About 100 security guards had worked for the nuptial
in which only 10 dinner tables were arranged with each costing 12,300 yuan
(1,618 U.S. dollars), local media reported.
Yao, 27, 2.26-meter-tall Houston Rockets star, and
his bride Ye, a 26-year-old, 1.9-meter-tall player on China's national women's
basketball team, received their official marriage certificate in Shanghai's
Xuhui District on Friday.
On July 31, the couple had been spotted near
Taihu Lake in Lin'an of east China's Zhejiang Province taking wedding photos.
According to Yao's autobiography, "Yao: A Life in Two
Worlds," he met Ye in 1999, when Yao was playing for the Shanghai Sharks. Their
romance went public when the two were seen walking hand-in-hand at the 2004
Olympics in Athens.
Yao will fly to Beijing Tuesday to attend
celebrations for the one-year countdown to the 2008 Olympics on Aug. 8, Zhang