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Crayfish City, one of many proposed cities by the JC Group
China’s deliberate sex-themed principal road and crayfish city now look to be a part of a large multi-million greenback “unlawful fundraising” rip-off.
Identical to in Central Florida, the place small cities attempt their finest to distinguish themselves with issues like being New England-themed or celebrating seaplanes, in China, small cities are struggling because the megacities of the nation increase. In contrast to Central Florida, although, the small cities in China have extra distinctive themes they’re embracing, and now that uniqueness is proving not so clever.
Yucheng, a small city alongside the Yangtze River about an hour outdoors of Shanghai, noticed a fast-talking actual property developer, JC Group, promise huge plans for the fishing village. JC Group introduced plans for rebranding the city as “Joyful City” with a sex-toy buying road, an adult-only lodge, and a “intercourse park.” The $1.5 billion proposal for the sex-themed city turned a viral sensation when it was introduced in late 2017.
The Parliament Home-like “Joyful City” was simply one in all greater than 4 dozen oddly themed cities that JC Group has proposed throughout the nation with greater than $10 billion in belongings, in line with firm paperwork obtained by the South China Morning Publish. Others included a Mermaid City that may have VR experiences and was supposed to attract eight million vacationers a yr, a Crayfish City that may have had a analysis middle and crayfish market, a poetry-themed growth with poetry-inspired cultural sights, and a Fairyland City.
After elevating roughly $four.5 billion for the proposed cities and different initiatives, suspicions started arising after JC Group tried to dam on-site monetary inspections and began asking for extensions on its repayments. By October, the corporate had missed greater than $2.5 billion in funds.
The issues got here to a head every week and a half in the past when the Chinese language authorities introduced a police probe into suspected unlawful fundraising by the corporate. Inside hours the federal government was rounding up dozens of executives from the corporate because the investigation started. Greater than three,800 personal buyers now are questioning if their investments will ever be recouped as small cities throughout the nation put together for brand new scrutiny into their questionable public-private partnerships with the corporate. It is thought that a few of the offers have been used to cover money owed the municipalities could also be going through.
The collapse of JC Group is simply the most recent in a protracted line of actual property funding agency failures. Zhonghong Group noticed the same fast rise and fall. They invested billions in initiatives, together with changing into the most important shareholder of Orlando-based SeaWorld Parks and Leisure. Plans referred to as for a line of SeaWorld-branded sights throughout China, however as money owed went unpaid, issues at Zhonghong shortly spiraled uncontrolled. Their CEO, at one level gone lacking, was supposedly hiding out in a Hong Kong whereas on the run from the authorities.
One other earlier golden little one, Wanda Group, was compelled to dump a lot of its belongings, cut back growth initiatives and restructure the corporate after the Chinese language authorities started investigating it. The corporate only a few years in the past was one of many largest buyers in theme park initiatives of the world, pumping hundreds of thousands of into theme park plans, sponsoring the theater the place the keynote speech was given on the annual IAAPA Expo, and wooing buyers. Then final yr the corporate started downsizing, promoting off its theme park initiatives and making an attempt to lower its shares in abroad firms, together with AMC Theaters.
With the JC Group investigation nonetheless so new, there are numerous unanswered questions, however, for now, for those who have been hoping to take a trip any time quickly to a intercourse toy village and crayfish-themed city, you is likely to be out of luck.
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