Asian star weds in Queenstown

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Star Chinese actress Yao Chen is pictured at Queens­town’s luxury Matakauri Lodge on her wedding day last Saturday. 

Chen – who married photographer Cao Yu amidst heavy security at St Peter’s Anglican Church – is Tourism NZ’s brand ambassador in China. Their nuptials sparked a media frenzy back home. 

The actress has starred in films and TV series like My Own Swordsman. Her Weibo account – China’s version of Twitter – counts more than 25.9 million followers and she is the world’s third most followed micro-blogger after Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber. 

Chen first visited Queenstown for a tourism marketing photo shoot last year. 

Destination Queenstown chief executive Graham Budd says: “We’re thrilled they chose to get married in Queenstown and enjoy some unique and memorable experiences here with close friends and family.”