Houston Community News >> Yao Ming Marries Long Time Girlfriend

8/7/2007-- Yao Ming married his longtime girlfriend at a hotel in his hometown of Shanghai. Yao, the Houston Rockets' center, tied the knot with Ye Li, a 6-foot-2 player on the Chinese women's basketball team in a ceremony at the Shangri-La Hotel.

"I don't how the U.S. culture thinks about marriage, but in China we know each other from 18 to 19 years old, maybe not too late in U.S. But it's pretty early in China," he said. "The first couple of years, we both don't let parents know. I have a lot of fun times. After so many years we have so many good memories together. We think this is the time right now. We can stay together forever and build a new family."

(Contributed by San Francisco Chronicle)