The age of giving heads of cattle as dowry may have come and gone, but the replacement may not be better: a Chinese tycoon has set a record by giving a dowry of more than 1 billion yuan ($160 million) to marry off his daughter!
Wu Ruibiao included as part of his largesse four boxes of gold which were placed on his daughter's bed as well as a Porsche and a Mercedes-Benz which were handed over draped with red ribbons.
According to the Straits News newspaper Ruibiao's daughter, who has not been named, decided to marry her childhood sweetheart, a local government official called Xu from Jinjiang, an entrepreneurial city on China's south coast.
An eight-day public wedding banquet began on December 28.
But the generosity of the father did not end there.
A bank account has been opened with an initial deposit of 20 million yuan and five million shares in Mr Wu's company, Wanli, with an estimated value of 100 million yuan, were transferred.
Added to the gifts are a list of properties, including several villas and a retail store in Quanzhou city. Mr Wu also gave 15 million yuan to two local charities, for good luck.