The city that hosted Karl Marx’s wedding welcomes Chinese investors

By Su Xiao in Germany Source:Global Times Published: 2017/9/13 19:18:39

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 Bad Kreuznach, a German city of 52,000 in the Rhineland-Palatinate region, is a well-known spa town in which nearly 25 percent of the residents work in the rehabilitation industry. There are seven different types of rehabilitation centers treating people of all ages with almost all diseases, including afflictions of the heart, cancer, arthritis and respiratory problems.

Dr. Heike Kaster-Meurer (see Picture 1), the mayor of Bad Kreuznach, said that she warmly welcomes Chinese investors in a recent interview with the Global Times Europe Edition. She said that Chinese money has been increasingly flowing into the town, even funding the development of a four-star hotel. Chinese firms have also been engaging in cooperation with some local food companies.

When asked about her key message to Chinese investors, Dr. Kaster-Meurer said that she hopes Chinese people will consider holding their weddings in the Bad Kreuznach church where Karl Marx and Jenny von Westphalen tied the knot, regardless of where they live, explaining that the unique location will make any wedding even more meaningful. Therefore, Dr. Kaster-Meurer would like to initiate a new tourism project with Chinese investors so more Chinese tourists can add to the 200,000 people that already visit the city annually to use its healthcare facilities. She said that the city still has the original copy of the marriage certificate of Marx and von Westphalen (see Picture 2 and 3),  and the church that hosted their wedding remains intact (see Picture 4).

Picture 5 shows a scenic corner of Bad Kreuznach.

On May 5, 1818, Karl Marx was born into a family of attorneys in Trier. His home was just a few minutes away from the home of aristocrat Jenny von Westphalen, who he said was "the most beautiful girl in Trier." The two were close friends growing up even though she was four years older, and would take long walks together during which they would discuss literature and philosophy. The pair became engaged in 1836 and married in Bad Kreuznach in 1843, where von Westphalen was living with her mother at the time.

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