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Huaxi richest village of China

October 11, 2011
Guests arrive at the inauguration ceremony of the new skyscraper tower of Huaxi village, in Jiangsu province, October 8, 2011. Huaxi village, also known as China’s richest village, celebrates its 50th anniversary with the inauguration of a massive 328-meters (1,076 feet) high skyscraper that screams for attention from its lowly skyline.

Officials attend an inauguration ceremony

The newly inaugurated skyscraper tower of Huaxi village

A solid gold bull weighing a tonne also greets visitors at a viewing area on the 60th-floor of the tower, a testament to the wealth of the village. In Huaxi, those from the original 2,000 residents have at least a house, a car, and $250,000 in the bank and enjoy universal health care and free education.

Officials from elsewhere in China tour Huaxi to find out how this once sleepy village, with just 576 residents in the 1950s, is now so rich and why non-local businessmen would donate million-dollar factories to buy the privilege of a local residence permit.

A guest poses for a picture at a painting of Huaxi village

Huaxi village, also known as China’s richest village, celebrates its 50th anniversary with the inauguration of a massive 328-meters (1,076 feet) high skyscraper that screams for attention from its lowly skyline.
A view of the new skyscraper tower of Huaxi village

Villagers walk with signs displaying the Chinese characters “Huaxi” during the inauguration ceremony of the new skyscraper tower of Huaxi village

Guests attend a dinner at the new skyscraper tower

Construction workers attends the inauguration ceremony of the new skyscraper

Guests walk in the lobby of the new skyscraper tower

A woman stands next to a solid gold statue of an ox
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