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China’s Wealthiest Village is a Mysterious Communist Utopia

You might be surprised at the many amenities residents can enjoy in this communist utopia in China!

Located to the east of Jiangyin, Jiangsu Province is a communist village that claims to be the richest in all of China. It’s called the Huaxi village and it’s a 24-acre “communist utopia.” It was founded by Wu Renabo, who was the former secretary of the Huaxi village communist party committee.

Huaxi used to be a poor farming community but it has since been transformed into a multi-billion dollar conglomerate in the steel and shipping markets. The village’s steel, silk and travel industries have flourished, and this contributed to its $9.6 billion profit in 2012. Part of this profit is divided among its stock-holding residents.

Some of the village’s factories.

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The 2,000 residents enjoy free healthcare and education, luxurious houses and cars (such as Volkswagen or Citroen), free use of the city’s private helicopter, free use of facilities and dining expenses in the city’s luxury hotel, and at least $250,000 in their bank accounts. However, everyone in the village works seven days a week. But if they choose to leave, they stand to lose everything.

Rows of uniformed, luxurious villas.

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Another set of identical villas.

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Many of the houses have up to 10 rooms!

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The interiors are just as luxurious as the exterior.

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And the bathrooms are spacious as well.

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With plenty of room for guests.

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It’s said that the village has an annual income of at least $131,800. However, they are not allowed to talk to the press. On top of this, women over the age of 50 and men over the age of 55 also receive a monthly pension with supplementary rice and vegetables.

In 2011, the village celebrated its 50th anniversary by erecting Longxi International Hotel, a giant 238-meter skyscraper. The giant monument is said to be able to fit all of the original residents. However, gambling and drugs are prohibited. The hotel has a revolving restaurant, a rooftop pool, a shopping mall, a movie theater, and a spa. One nights’ stay at the most economical rooms for non-residents is at $260 a night.

The Longxi International Hotel.

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The walls are a testament to the village’s wealth.

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In the hotel is the village’s $34.6 million 50th anniversary gift to itself in 2011, which is a bull made of one ton of gold.

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According to Yuan Yulai of the Zeijaing Zhixing law firm, “Even if the villagers do not get rich, they can’t take away their personal assets when leaving the village, so it’s doubtful whether the assets belong to the villagers.”

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79-year-old Grandpa Creates the World’s First Electricity-free Amusement Park!

This grandpa created an amusement that runs solely on muscle power and gravity!

Some of us are truly children at heart and nothing proves that better than this 79-year-old man who has created the first electricity-free amusement park in the world.

Bruno Ferrin looks like your typical lovable grandpa. But behind his friendly face is a physics and engineering genius who has spent his time and energy creating an electricity-free amusement park that kids can enjoy for free!

Bruno Ferrin conceptualized and created all the rides in his amusement park.

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His amusement park in Treviso, Italy has 45 attractions and it caters to kids of all ages. The theme park runs on muscle energy and gravity and while that sounds like a lot of work, it's actually quite good exercise!...

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Murphy’s Haystacks: South Australia’s 1,500 Million Years Old Stonehenge

These rock formations are the popular tourist attraction on the Eyre Peninsula, South Australia.

In Mortana, off the Flinders Highway between Port Kenny and Streaky Bay on the Eyre Peninsula, you'll find these rock formations that you may genuinely think are haystacks from a distance!

You'd have thought you were looking at giant haystacks from a distance!

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It's said that sometime at the start of the 1900s, an agricultural adviser was passing by and saw these giant wind-word boulders. He initially thought they were haystacks and asked the owner of the property, Murphy, how they could produce so much hay. He remarked, "the farmer must have harrowed his land to produce such an impressive abundance of hay." The owner replied that they're just rocks and that's when they were named Murphy's Haystacks.

"The farmer must have harrowed his land to produce such an impressive abundance of hay!" "Nope, they're just rocks."

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15 Most Beautiful Schools From Around the World

Waking up early, skipping breakfast, and showing up to your first class bleary-eyed and barely awake might not be so bad if you go to these schools.

Education is important, and we can't stress that enough. But sometimes, we seriously lack the motivation to get up out of bed to show up for a 7am class. So if getting high grades and earning that diploma aren't enough motivation for you, then maybe you'll be inspired to show up for class if your school is absolutely stunning.

These schools aren't just concrete blocks where professors drill information into your head; they're works of art that just might liven up your mind for learning!

Indian Springs School, Birmingham, Alabama

Indian Springs School, Birmingham, Alabama
Awarded with the Educational Facilities Design Award by the American Institute of Architects, this 350-acre boarding school blends with nature for a calming, well-lit learning environment.

Russian Ballet School, Russia

Russian Ballet School, Russia
Its facade may look like your typical concrete block, but inside, the glass and wood designs give off a calming and even harmonious effect. It was awarded as the best designed school of 2015 by the World Architecture Festival....

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