‘Anger room’ gives China a smashing way to reduce rage
Young people in China are venting their frustration in an anger room, which allows them to smash up wine bottles and mannequins to release tension.
Smash, in Beijing, is equipped with bats and hammers – and punters can take out their rage on old broken appliances like televisions, clocks, and telephones.
The anger room was set up in September by Jin Meng and her friends and is now getting through 15,000 bottles a month.
Jin, 25, quit her job in public relations to start the room and has 600 customers a month. It’s aimed at people aged 20 to 35.
She said: “A woman brought all her wedding photos here, and smashed them all. We welcome people to bring their own stuff here to vent their anger. Because we also see it as a place to say goodbye to a stage in life.
“Of course we won’t intervene people’s privacy, but we guess the woman just broke up with her lover before coming here. Every time when we come across this kind of circumstance, makes us believe that we’ve provided a safe place for people to let out negative energy. And we are happy about that.”
Jin said the room is not intended to promote violence but to reduce people’s stress in a city like Beijing where they are under mounting pressure.
She has set up links with multiple second-hand stores to ensure a steady flow of broken objects.
Qiu Siyu, a 16-year-old high school student, said: “It feels so good when I destroy those bottles and watch them explode.”
He explained that “weird” regulations at school had left him feeling angry.
Zhuo Hanjing, one of the managers, said people liked smashing televisions the most “because it feels really good when you smash the whole piece of the screen and the whole TV”.
Liu Chao, 32, said: “This place gives you the pleasure of breaking things. In other places, after you smash the item, you might find the stuff still there or you get fined. But it won’t happen here.
“Here you only need to pay them money. If you have money, you can smash anything, smash TV, smash computer, smash wine bottles, smash furniture, smash mannequins, and the only thing you can’t do is to smash someone else.”
The room is set up inside a former factory, but Jin hopes to open a second branch in a shopping mall to allow people to stop for a quick smash when they shop.