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Yuan in Chinese literally means predestined relationship, and Yuanyuan Folk Park is home to the Temple of the Matchmaking God, the main feature of the park and one of Hangzhou's lesser-known scenic spots recommended by Shanghai Daily reader Lu Qi. The temple is dedicated to Yue Lao, the ancient matchmaking god, who was also in charge of marriages. According to Chinese myth, the deity ties an invisible red string around the ankles of men and women who are destined to be soul mates and will one day marry each other. The two people connected by the red thread are destined lovers, regardless of time, place or circumstances. This magical cord may stretch or tangle, but never break. Although the temple is quite small, it is said to be very effective and as a result it lures many to pray for relationships and marriage.