Huaxi- The Mysterious  Village In China


Alex Manich

DM Life & Business Online Magazine

The man who founded Huaxi, known as "the richest village in China," passed away 7 year ago.  But the sleepy farming community he helped turn into a Communist utopia still claims to be as strong as ever.

Much of what we know about the village, founded by the former secretary of Huaxi Village Communist Party Committee Wu Renbao, is media speculation or the word of Wu Renbao himself.

The original "registered residents" are even forbidden to speak with foreigners or the press, according to The China Chronicle.

It's believed the descendants of the so-called model socialist village's original residents are entitled to extraordinary amenities, including free healthcare, education, luxurious homes, cars, and at least $250,000 in their bank accounts.


We also know the village is home to a "World Park" that is filled with replicas of the world's most iconic landmarks, from the Statue of Liberty to the Arc de Triomphe, as well as a new glossy skyscraper that is the 15th tallest building in China.

But it's said that life is not as idyllic as Huaxi would like visitors to believe. Residents supposedly work seven days a week, often in Huaxi's industrial plants, and there is a rigid hierarchy between the 2,000 "registered residents" of the village whose families date back to the 1950s and newcomers to Huaxi who are paid standard wages and don't share in the same luxuries like free healthcare, cars, and property.


Plus, if original residents leave Huaxi, they lose everything.

The rural farming village started with only 600 people in the 1950s but was transformed by Wu Renbao, the former secretary of Huaxi Village Communist Party Committee.

He set up 12 corporations in the village, ranging from textiles to steel, and even put Huaxi on China's stock exchange in 1998. When Wu died in March of 2017, he was mourned with a 20-vehicle funeral procession with a helicopter flying overhead.

But even after his death, Huaxi will live on with the late leader's fourth son, Wu Xie'en, in charge. He took over as the village party chief in 2003, and at his father's funeral said he would "truly turn Huaxi into a unique, special Shangri-La".

Today, there are roughly 2,000 "registered residents" in the city, who enjoy privileges like living in villas, owning luxury cars, receiving universal health care and education, as well as free cooking oil. It's said that they have $250,000 in the bank.

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