Heart-shaped balloons in Jinan herald celebration of romance

Heart-shaped balloons and a “crush on you” sign stand in a square outside a mall in Jinan, Shandong Province, May 15, 2024. /IC

Heart-shaped balloons and a “crush on you” sign stand in a square outside a mall in Jinan, Shandong Province, May 15, 2024. /IC

Two women take a selfie with heart-shaped balloons set up in a square outside a mall in Jinan, Shandong Province, May 15, 2024. /IC

Two women take a selfie with heart-shaped balloons set up in a square outside a mall in Jinan, Shandong Province, May 15, 2024. /IC

A woman walks past heart-shaped balloons set up in a square outside a mall in Jinan, Shandong Province, May 15, 2024. /IC

A woman walks past heart-shaped balloons set up in a square outside a mall in Jinan, Shandong Province, May 15, 2024. /IC

People pass by heart-shaped balloons set up in a square outside a mall in Jinan, Shandong Province, May 15, 2024. /IC

People pass by heart-shaped balloons set up in a square outside a mall in Jinan, Shandong Province, May 15, 2024. /IC

A woman passes by heart-shaped balloons set up in a square outside a mall in Jinan, Shandong Province, May 15, 2024. /IC

A woman passes by heart-shaped balloons set up in a square outside a mall in Jinan, Shandong Province, May 15, 2024. /IC

“Wo ai ni” are the words used in Chinese to tell someone you love them, and this spot in Jinan, Shandong Province is once such romantic spot where you can express that sentiment.

Festooned with large pink hearts, a square in front of a shopping mall in the city is drawing attention ahead of May 20, or 5.20. The Chinese for this date is “wu er ling,” which sounds like “wo ai ni,” leading to the day becoming one of China’s many celebrations of love. 

Businesses in the area have set up over 30 heart-shaped balloons, ranging from 1 to 5 meters in height and spread out over 100 square meters. Take a picture with the “crush on you” sign to let your sweetheart know how you feel.