A couple in Xiamen, Fujian province, stirred online buzz because they could not get their marriage certificate with photos of them wearing hanfu on Tuesday.
The employee of the marriage registration office in Siming district refused to issue the marriage certificate to the couple because hanfu was "weird clothing" and not appropriate for marriage certificate photo.
The couple felt puzzled by the answer but later provided new photos with formal dress, which were accepted by the office.
After getting their marriage certificate, the couple said the photo studio in which they got the hanfu-style photos told them many couples have posed for photos wearing hanfu, including some from other provinces. Only those from Xiamen city could not obtain the marriage certificates with their hanfu photos.
The employee in the marriage office who refused to use the photo told reporters it was not about hanfu, but about difficulty of recognizing the couple through the photos they presented, since the wife wore her hair in two traditional Chinese-style buns and it was more of a fine art photo.
The issue sweeps across the internet with polarizing opinions. Some netizens sided with the marriage office by saying it is quite normal that the office has such requirements. And photos for marriage certificates should be formal, which is a far cry from wedding photos.
Others disagreed. In their eyes, as long as those marriage certificate applicants don't wear makeup the extent to which they are hard to be recognized, dress code should not be restricted.