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11:01, July 14, 2009

China takes four positions in Time Magazines Best of Asia 2009 (4)

Hong Kong, China, the best place to vent to one's anger

We sometimes cannot help but engage in direct conflict with a vicious colleague or overly aggressive relative, or, we distance ourselves from them to avoid any conflict. In Hong Kong, however, the best option is to pay an old woman 6 USD to let her beat up some paper figures with her shoes. The figures represent those who offended you.

At an angry customers' request, some "witches" may even stab or scratch the paper figures with a needle or knife. However, according to Chien Chiao, a Taiwanese anthropologist who specializes in this type of ritual, "Beating up the villains is not meant to kill them. The goal here is to tell the villains not to trouble you again." Do you have a lot of anger to vent? Find the witches and they will offer this service using their shoes.

By People's Daily Online
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