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Runaway Groom – Man Hides For Year After Family Forces Him to Marry

One man from Xianyang was so fed up with his family forcing him to marry that he ran off and hid in the ruins of a demolished building for a year.

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One man from Xianyang was so fed up with his family forcing him to marry that he ran off and hid in the ruins of a demolished building for a year.

In the morning of April 29, police in Yan’an, Shaanxi province, received a call from worried locals who discovered a man living in the ruins of a demolished building. After inspection, the man was found to be a 30-year-old bachelor from Xianyang, a city some 300 kilometers away from Yan’an.

Zhang allegedly ran away from his family after they forced him to marry. He had been in hiding for over a year, Sina reports, living in primitive conditions.

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The topic (#男子躲逼婚离家流浪#) became trending on Chinese social media on May 1st.

Many netizens sympathize with the man, and say that people should be able to choose their own life. “This could’ve been me,” one person writes. One netizen says: “Forcing people into marriage should be prohibited by law.”

There are also some Weibo users who are more critical about the situation: “Even if he ran away from family, he could’ve still got a job,” one netizen comments. Another person says: “Who would marry a guy like this anyway?”

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Local police contacted the man’s family, who has since been reunited with his family.

The pressure to marry has been a recurringly hot topic on Chinese social media. The SK-II campaign that encouraged women to choose their own destiny recently became trending.

In 2014, one mother bought a front-page announcement in a Melbourne newspaper to reach her son, who was staying in Australia after studying there, to avoid his family pressuring him into marriage. The ad said: “Peng, I have called you several times but you didn’t pick up. Maybe this is the only way for you to get my message. Mum and Dad will not pressure you to get married ever again. Please come back home for the new year! Love, Mum.”

– By Manya Koetse

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Manya Koetse is the founder and editor-in-chief of whatsonweibo.com. She is a writer, public speaker, and researcher (Sinologist, MPhil) on social trends, digital developments, and new media in an ever-changing China, with a focus on Chinese society, pop culture, and gender issues. She shares her love for hotpot on hotpotambassador.com. Contact at manya@whatsonweibo.com, or follow on Twitter.

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Hunan Man Kills Wife by Running Over Her Twice with SUV

The 22-year-old Hunan woman was killed by her husband after unsuccessfully filing for divorce.

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A fatal incident in which a man ran over his wife twice in front of an administrative office in Linxiang, Hunan, has become a trending topic on Chinese social media.

The incident happened on the morning of June 29, when the husband and wife met up to file for divorce. Due to an issue with the husband’s residence registration, they left the office unable to finalize their divorce.

The man, driving a white car, then reportedly had agreed to let his wife get some of her belongings from his car. But while approaching her by car, he suddenly sped up and hits her, after which he drove over her.

While some bystanders rushed to the victim who was laying on the sidewalk, the man turned his SUV around and ran over his wife a second time before fleeing the scene. A nearby driver captured the incident on a dash cam.

The woman, named Li, died at the hospital later that day. Li, mother of two children, was only 22 years old. The husband was later intercepted on the highway, and he has since been arrested. The case officially is still under investigation.

According to the victim’s cousin, who accompanied her to the administrative affairs office that day, the couple had since long separated and were only meeting to finalize the divorce. The cousin was just getting to her motorcycle at the parking place when Li was hit by the car.

On social media platform Weibo, hundreds of people responded to the news. “You can’t do this to anyone – let alone your own wife,” one commenter wrote, with others suggesting the man should be sentenced to death over what he did.

By Manya Koetse , with contributions by Miranda Barnes

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Chinese Twin Sisters Switched Identities to Illegally Travel Abroad over 30 Times

The lookalike sisters thought it was “convenient” to use each other’s passport to travel to Japan, Russia, Thailand and other countries.

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On June 27, a local public security bureau in the city of Harbin, Heilongjiang Province, released a press statement regarding the peculiar case of twin sisters who used each other’s identity to travel abroad over thirty times.

The two Zhou sisters, *Hong and *Wei (pseudonyms), started switching identities when Hong’s husband, a Japanese national, returned to Japan. Hong wanted to join her husband in Japan, but her visa application was repeatedly denied due to not meeting the requirements.

Hong then decided to use her sister’s travel documents to travel to Japan to see her husband various times. She reportedly also used her sister’s passport to travel to Russia. She ended up traveling between China, Russia, and Japan at least thirty times.

Wei, who reportedly thought this way of switching identities was “convenient”, also used her sister’s passport to travel to Thailand and some other countries on four different occasions.

After authorities found out what the sisters had been up to earlier in 2022, they were advised in May to return back to China. While the case is still under investigation, the sisters are now being held for the criminal offense of border management obstruction.

The case went trending in the hot-search topic list on Weibo, where many people are wondering how this could have happened so many times. “If you exit and enter the country, aren’t fingerprints collected?”, some wondered, with others saying the border technological systems were apparently not good enough to detect such identity fraud.

There were also those who thought the story was quite “amazing” and sounded “like the plot of a television series.”

By Manya Koetse

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