The seven diners ate hundreds of crabs and pieces of sashimi, crayfish, and shrimp, they told Bailu. Kate Sun/Getty Images
The seven diners ate hundreds of crabs and pieces of sashimi, crayfish, and shrimp, they told Bailu. Kate Sun/Getty Images© Kate Sun/Getty Images
  • Seven diners shocked Weibo with clips of them filling entire tables with remnants of their dinner.
  • The group went viral for eating — without stopping — for 4 hours at a seafood buffet in Shandong.
  • But people on Weibo weren't impressed and blasted the diners for their excessive eating.

A group of diners stunned Chinese social media last week with their four-hour, non-stop seafood extravaganza at a buffet in Shandong, China.

The seven diners, who were in their 20s, went viral on Friday after they filmed the remnants of their meal — hundreds of crabs, plates of salmon sashimi, crayfish, and prawns.

One of the diners, identified only as Zhang, said he and his friends consumed 300 crabs, 40 to 50 boxes of durian, and 80 bowls of poplar nectar, according to the Chinese news website Bailu.

And each person paid $23 for the meal, Zhang told the site.

"Seafood this season is still expensive. But we all wanted to eat seafood, so we chose a seafood buffet restaurant," Zhang said.

Zhang told Bailu that his group — six men and one woman — ate from 5 p.m. until the all-you-can-eat buffet closed at 9.30 p.m. and filmed several tables filled with crab and prawn shells.

"In the end, we ate until the staff had to end their shift," Zhang told the news site.

Each of the group's seven members typically has a tremendous appetite, and so they have a penchant for eating at buffets, Zhang added.

According to data seen by Insider on Weibo, China's version of Twitter, clips and posts related to Zhang's feast have been viewed over 400 million times in the last week.

Chinese social-media users were unimpressed, with some saying they were repulsed by the group's eating binge.

"It looks like you're taking advantage, but what advantage are you actually getting?" one top comment said.

"Good luck not getting pancreatitis eating like that," another user said.

"Anyone with a noble personality would not trample on his stomach like this," another post read.

Bailu tagged an account called "Fat Grandpa 777" to credit a clip of the group's dinner, but the account was deleted when checked by Insider on Wednesday.

China previously saw a trend of buffet-restaurant customers overordering in a rush to get their money's worth. In 2021, the country adopted a food-waste law that banned customers from leaving behind excessive amounts of uneaten food after their meals.

But the onus of the law is on restaurants to encourage conscious-eating habits, and caterers are fined around $150 to $1,500 if they're caught encouraging diners to order too much.