Originally published on Wed August 21, 2013 11:12 am
Every new generation of nouveaux riches has its vices.
Nineteenth-century American industrialists were fond of marrying European royalty. In the 1980s, Japanese millionaires got their kicks from buying Rockefeller Center. In recent decades, Emirati princes have shown a predilection for building vast indoor snow machines.
Now it's China's turn.
The country's newly minted millionaires are second to none in their unusual tastes. Here's a guide to some of the strangest vices preferred by China's new super-rich.
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