Cost of giant vase on China Tiananmen Square makes netizens see red
BEIJING (AFP) - A giant vase installed in Beijing's Tiananmen Square ahead of a national holiday has met with scathing criticism from Chinese internet users after a newspaper revealed its cost on Sunday.
An enormous psychedelic-looking red pot topped with huge fake flowers and imitation peaches was installed this week on the square, the symbolic centre of the Chinese state.
But it came at a cost of more than 570,000 yuan (S$117,000), up 8,000 yuan from the previous two years, according to the state-run Beijing Youth Daily.
The cost prompted many critical comments among Chinese netizens - even though the overall cost of the decorations in the square for Chinese National Day had decreased.