By Erik Crouch
The bride and part of her dowry, Xinhua
The daughter of a wealthy ceramics magnate in Jinjiang county, Fujian, is currently in the midst of an 8-day wedding extravaganza (started December 28) which includes a dowry valued at more than one billion yuan.
The South China Morning Post reports:
[The dowry] included four boxes of gold jewellery, a bankbook with deposits worth 20 million yuan and Wanli stock worth 5 million yuan.
On the list were also numerous property assets including a retail store in Quanzhou, and real estate such as the Olympic villas and the Wanda mansion.
Whether or not tickets to snow polo or the Johnny Walker House were included remains to be seen, but China’s luxury boom is certainly not showing any signs of slowing down. This gigantic dowry, and others like it, have been described as perpetuating a large gender gap in China, in which not giving enough cash on the wedding day can lead to violence for women later on. As Apple Daily reported, “Marrying a Jinjiang bride is better than robbing a bank.”