Enough about Hangzhou or Suzhou, we’ve found a new holiday destination for anyone searching for a break from monotonous city life. Depicted as a “dystopian” Chinese village, the richest village in China has its villagers working 7 days a week at factories for open access to housing, luxury cars, clothing and even free cooking oil. With its heart set on turning itself into a tourist hotspot, Huaxi has released plans to purchase its own fleet over the next 5 years. With two helicopters in possession, costing them a hefty 90 million yuan, two pilots are set to start trial tourist flights later this year.
“We’ve waited so long for the low-altitude airspace to be opened. The two helicopters in the village will begin tourist flights in mid December,” said Zhou Li, manager of the Huaxi Village tourism company.
The fleet is not limited to tourism, as Zhou Li also elaborates on a pilot training program, which he sees as a “huge but untapped market”.
“We plan to train at least 100 people as pilots and we will ‘rent’ them to other parts of the country,” said Zhou.
Huaxi is only 100 km to the west of Shanghai, so you might want to rethink your holiday destination for Christmas. It even provides replicas of famous landmarks, such as the Eiffel Tower and the Statue of Liberty, to ensure that you won’t miss Huaxi for the world. If this all sounds too ludicrous to be true there’s a video on the village so all you jet-setters can check out what to expect before deciding to take their fleet to the test.