Strange places. Huaxi was a little village founded about 50 years ago and located about 120 kilometers from Shanghai. However, currently it’s an exclusive place for 2,000 millionaires, where luxury is the hallmark.
The secret is called Jiangsu Huaxi Co, a conglomerate of companies whose collective property belongs to the 400 families who lived in Huaxi, and whose profits are reinvested in improving the village.
Thus, thanks to this peculiar business idea, half communist half capitalist, the inhabitants of the old modest village of Huaxi live in an exclusive house development with 400 chalets of 500 square meters. Of course, they have luxurious cars and bulging bank accounts, quality education and health care.
Huaxi is a modern and strange place. For example, it has a 74 floors up hotel, Longxi International Hotel, with an eccentric solid gold sculpture and copies of the most representative monuments worldwide: Tiananmen square, Sydney Opera House, The United States Capitol… More than 2 million people visit Huaxi every year what employs people from the surrounding villages, thousands of workers, who are not shareholders of Jiangsu Huaxi Co (for the moment).
This new stamp for a new China was the idea of Wu Renbao, a communist civil servant died last year. He developed a plan to turn a rural village into a modern rich community. Huaxi calls itself a model socialist village: No.1 village under the sky”.
Do you remember this famous quote by Epictetus? “Be careful to leave your sons well instructed rather than rich, for the hopes of the instructed are better than the wealth of the ignorant.” Fortunately, it seems that Wu Renbao was careful of both: education and wealth.
As we used to say: art is everywhere and up to you! Because we can find lots of great ideas around the world!