10 status symbols in modern china
since the opening and reforms of the late 1970s, china’s economy has boomed, leading to a rise in wealth and a burgeoning middle class. with new money comes status symbols, and modern china has plenty. here are 10 of the most ostentatious and intriguing.
1. a mistress
to anyone familiar with china’s seamier side, the concept of high-powered men taking mistresses will come as no surprise. when a guy’s material needs have been satisfied, an extramarital affair serves to fulfil his carnal requirements as well. rather than simply meeting up for trysts with his ernai, a man must provide his mistress with an apartment, car and designer wardrobe. like it or not, sleaze is here to stay, and even high-ranking officials are in on the act. disgraced railway minister liu zhijun was discovered to have 18 mistresses, and ex-vice mayor of hangzhou, “plenty” xu, had a similar harem when he was executed for embezzlement in july.