A SMASH­ING TIME IN CHINA

Herald Sun - - NEWS -

ABOUT 15,000 bot­tles a month are be­ing smashed in an “anger room” in Bei­jing.

Jin Meng, 25, co-founded Smash with her friends to help peo­ple, mainly those aged 20 to 35, deal with the pres­sures of liv­ing in big cities. It is not in­tended to pro­mote vi­o­lence.

Pa­trons wear pro­tec­tive gear and use ham­mers and bats to vent their frus­tra­tion on house­hold ob­jects while staff play mu­sic of their choice in the back­ground.

Smash cus­tomer Qiu Siyu, 16, struck a few sharp blows with a base­ball bat to wreck what looked like an old car ra­dio. Two friends bat­tered tele­phones, au­dio speak­ers, rice cook­ers and a man­nequin. All paid $32 for 30 min­utes.

Qiu said she was there to vent anger about school. “It feels so good,” she smiled.

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