WATCH: 4 Injured in Shenzhen Wedding Custom Gone Wrong

By Gary Bailer, November 27, 2017

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Ah, Chinese weddings. Throw tens of friends and relatives together with an unhealthy amount of booze and you soon have a recipe for rowdiness, if not downright disaster, on your hands.

Footage of a Shenzhen wedding custom gone wrong have recently been making the rounds online, shocking netizens. Clips show a man with an iron hammer repeatedly smashing the door to the bride's house, shattering the glass panels and apparently terrifying those inside. What's more, the people surrounding the man appear to be supportive, with one even pointing out spots to hit.

Photos on social media also show four people – three bridesmaids and a photographer – bleeding from their faces, a result of flying glass shards.

shenzhen-wedding-gone-wrong-photographer.jpgshenzhen-wedding-gone-wrong-clean-up.jpgCleanup after the incident


The incident happened on November 18, in Songgang of Bao'an District. The groom's party had arrived to fetch the bride, as is typical Chinese custom. What followed is not: breaking down the bride's door with a hammer is a local tradition in Shajing, Shenzhen, although it's usually not dangerous.

Local sources told Southern Metropolis Daily the ritual symbolizes the willingness of the groom to go to great lengths to retrieve his bride, and that local families typically switch out their doors in advance to make for easier entry.

In this case, the custom went awry, with the injured getting sent to the hospital afterwards for treatment.

According to Bao'an police, the wedding company originally asked for RMB60,000 compensation from the groom's party, but eventually settled for a smaller sum after mediation by local authorities.

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[Images via Southern Metropolis Daily]

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