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.''