I’m amused, I’m horrified, I’m confused. How many times do China’s leaders have to talk about the problem of income inequality and social stability for these rich douchebags to figure out that this kind of thing is inappropriate?
From the Global Times:
Two days after the Forbidden City management group explicitly denied transforming a palace hall into a lucrative private club, media reports have unveiled damning new evidence supporting that allegation.
Citing an unnamed source, the Beijing News reported Sunday that the Palace Museum last month had handed out registration forms for a club located in the Jianfu Palace, rebuilt with money from the Hong Kong-based China Heritage Fund in 2005.
The source told the newspaper that he had attended an opening ceremony for the club organized by the Beijing Forbidden City Cultural Development Company, a subsidiary of the Palace Museum.
The organizer told the source the palace could provide banquet and conference services to its limited membership of 500, the Beijing Times reported.
The entry fee was 1 million yuan ($153,901), China Central Television anchor Rui Chenggang reported on his microblog Saturday.