|Country||People's Republic of China|
|Time zone||UTC+8 (China Standard)|
Huaxi Village (simplified Chinese: 华西新市村; traditional Chinese: 華西新市村; pinyin: Huáxī xīnshì cūn), located in the east of the city centre of Jiangyin, in Jiangsu Province, claims to be the richest village in China. Huaxi calls itself a model socialist village.
About the village
Huaxi Village is known as the "Number One Village Under The Sky". It was founded in 1961.
According to the local authorities, all the villagers (but not the much more numerous migrant workers) have a wealth of at least €100,000. This is a substantial amount by Chinese standards. The village has a multi-sector industry company that is listed on the stock exchange, has bought airplanes and plans to buy ships. The villagers are shareholders and are paid one-fifth of the company's annual profits. In 2011 the company's turnover is expected to grow by about €6.5 billion.
In addition to 2,000 villagers, there are in the area about 20,344 migrant workers and 28,240 nearby villagers.
Wu Renbao (simplified Chinese: 吴仁宝; traditional Chinese: 吳仁寶; pinyin: wú rénbǎo), the former secretary of Huaxi Village Communist Party Committee, developed a plan to turn what used to be a poor rural locality into a modern rich community. Wu Renbao was an investor in raw materials such as aluminium. His son, Wu Xiéen, is the current village chief.
- The Secrets of China's Richest Village
- shsiddbwjcicdb.com.cn/cndy/2009-10/20/content_8817493.htm Huaxi Special: 'Number one village under the sky' continues moving forward
- Huaxi, the Chinese model of richness
- Skyscraper hotel takes Huaxi village to record new heights
- 走进华西村 揭秘奢华的黄金酒店 (in Chinese). Xinhua News. 2011-10-24.