CHONGQING • Born into extreme poverty in rural China, Liu Chonghua amassed enough wealth selling cakes to the country's emerging middle class to build himself six European-style castles.
Five are tourist attractions, but the grandest of all was designed as a home: A grey stone structure resembling Britain's Windsor Castle, built on land the 65-year-old entrepreneur acquired from the government of the south-western city of Chongqing in the 1990s.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 20, 2019, with the headline 'Xi's China: Why entrepreneurs feel like second-class citizens'. Print Edition | Subscribe
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