Liu Chonghua, a Chinese millionaire who made his fortune selling breads and cakes to the feudal masses, has built himself an archipelago of castles throughout Chongqing. Liu recently gave an interview to AFP in which the quote “I don’t have any hobbies, except for planting trees and building castles,” is just one of the many fantastic lines he dropped.
Liu has already built half a dozen castles, most of which are modeled after Bavarian and French design. In case it wasn’t obvious, he may be a bit of an eccentric, but he knows how to phrase his fun little (huge) obsession: here, Shanghaiist humbly presents the highlights of Liu’s AFP interview:
- “China needs castles, because it needs a more pluralistic culture. […] A city needs people who have dreams, to help society develop.”
- “The government has never appreciated me, they said I’ve offended local officials […] I got anonymous calls from someone threatening to run me over with a car.”
- “Actually, European castles are really easy to build […] The boss has a book of castle pictures in his office and we use that as a reference.” [This one from Ma Wenneng, a construction worker]
- “I have achieved half of my dream. The next part is building better and more awesome castles, the kind that will astound people.”
- Staring wistfully into the distance, he pointed towards a forested mound. “I will build another, bigger castle on top of that hill,” he said.
Don’t worry about those officials, Mr. Liu. We here at Shanghaiist appreciate your
balls crazy staggeringly important endeavor.
[Photo via AFP]