“Dubai-style” Office Stokes Anger in China
An overly luxurious government building in east China some are saying would be more appropriate in Dubai is stoking public anger about waste and corruption in times of economic crisis, Chinese media said on Wednesday.
The compound in Changxing county in Zhejiang, one of China’s richest provinces, had an “unimaginably spectacular” night view with colored lights shining on the surrounding fountains and an artificial lake, said a report on government website china.com.cn.
“When I first saw it I thought I was looking at the Atlantis the Palm Hotel of Dubai,” the site quoted a comment posted by an Internet user as saying.
The four buildings and attached facilities cost hundreds of millions of yuan and were being criticized as “an extremely typical extravagance and waste of money,” the report said.