Now that China boasts even more billionaires than the United States, stories about rich people with too much money will only become more frequent here at Shanghaiist. To celebrate, we’ve compiled this list of the most ludicrous things purchased this year by Chinese buyers with too much ¥¥¥ to throw around. From “most” to least reasonable:
10) This mansion bought by the New Zealand PM’s new Chinese neighbors
This house not only boasts a spa, a wine cellar, a heated swimming pool and offices with city views, it’s also located on the same street as Prime Minister John Key.
9) A fleet of luxury cars to fetch a bride
In April, a fleet of four stretch Hummers and more than thirty expensive sports cars appeared on the streets in Jinan, Shandong province to kick off a wedding ceremony for the blushing foreign bride and her tuhao groom.
8) This Modigiliani nude painting
A former taxi driver turned billionaire bought this Modigliani painting for $170.4 million at a Christie’s auction in New York.
7) The most expensive diamond ever auctioned off
After purchasing it at auction for $48.4 million, the buyer chose to call his newest rock “The Blue Moon of Josephine,” after his 7-year-old daughter.
6) A luxury funeral for a tiny dog
For pet owners that want to send Fido off with a bit of style, Shanghai apparently now has a company that offers luxury pet funerals complete with wooden coffins, Audi processions and remembrance ceremonies.
All dogs may go to heaven, but isn’t it how they go there that counts?
5) 33,000 crabs bought solely to be returned to the river
A mysterious millionaire from Zhejiang province bought up 1.2 million yuan worth of crabs and released the whole lot back into a river, much to the dismay of aquatic-life experts.
4) A 5-star hotel’s pool for a pet sea lion’s birthday party
The sea lion’s owner, a man reportedly in his late 20s, rented out the swimming pool in advance and arranged for chefs at the hotel to prepare a giant feast for his prized pet.
3) Two Apple Watches for Wang Sicong’s dog
The son of Wang Jianlin, China’s richest man, seemingly went out of his way to piss off every person on Weibo by posting pictures of his dog decked out in not one, but two Apple Watches.
“I have new watches! I’m supposed to have four watches since I have four long legs. But that seems too tuhao so I kept it down to two, which totally fits my status. Do you have one?”
2) A New Zealand island
A Chinese tycoon and developer put up NZ$7.5 million (35 million RMB) to purchase one of New Zealand’s most exclusive privately owned islands, or as she likes to call it, her “toy.”
1) South Pacific islands by the bundle
“Islands there are not expensive, about 3 million yuan for one island,” entrepreneur Lin Dong was quoted as saying in a Guangzhou Daily report.
WE LEAVE YOU WITH THIS…
Rich man's wedding convoy.
Posted by Shanghaiist on Saturday, November 21, 2015
By Pinky Latt