Sichuan’s Jiangshe village became rich after piloting a lucrative farming co-operative with investments in small-scale hydropower plants, and naturally, the pioneering residents used the spoils to create this towering seven-foot wall of banknotes worth over 13 million yuan before distributing it all among themselves.
The wall was heavily guarded before the money was handed out to villagers, and there were so many bills, it apparently took two full days to hand out, according to BBC.
The ol’ wall of money has been a custom since 2010, local residents told reporters, used to divide the cash equally among them.
The co-operative counts 340 out of 438 households as shareholders, but villagers who are not directly involved in operations are also guaranteed a share of the profit.
While it was not immediately clear whether the dividends were unusually high, official figures show that the average net income of China’s rural residents stood at 7,917 yuan in 2012, reported the AFP news agency.
Some villagers collected as much as 300,000 yuan.
Several residents reportedly took turns sleeping next to the money wall to guard it from thieves.
“We used eight million yuan as a mattress and 4.2 million yuan for pillows,” resident Jin Hongzhong was quoted as saying. “It was not comfortable sleeping on top of so much money. It was too hard.”
“We used eight million yuan as a mattress and 4.2 million yuan for pillows”.
Just to be clear:
Eight million yuan mattresses.
This is as real as it gets:
“It took me so long to count the money that I almost lost strength and feeling in my hands.” said a villager who wrangled in 300,000 yuan.
We’re not sure what to take away from all of this other than the images of stacked money walls that will forever remain embossed in our memory. And this ecstatic woman.
Living in places not reinforced with walls of money=NOT GOOD.
[Images via CRIEnglish.cn]