China's Very Rich Village

Meet the very capitalist Communists of Huaxi


Party Secretary Wu Xie En (49) was a bit too generous. ,,When we finished building this hotel, we offered all residents of Huaxi a free night'', he says, sitting in a comfortable leather chair in one of the hotel's lounges. ,,That was taking it a bridge too far. These people from outside, they didn't know how to behave themselves in a five star hotel. They smoked in areas where it's not allowed, threw their cigarette stubs on the brand new carpet and took stuff home from the hotel rooms. Oh well, they cannot help themselves. Nobody ever told them about the proper conduct in luxurious hotels. We will have to teach them. Until then, we only allow people from inside the village into the hotel.''

Yes, in Huaxi we also have to deal with an income gap just like the rest of China. Only here it is not a gap between rich and poor, but between just wealthy and super wealthy.
— Zhou Li (34) as she gets out of her Audi Q5