China's planned sex-themed main street, poetry village and crayfish town now look to be part of a massive multi-million dollar "illegal fundraising" scam.
Just like in Central Florida, where small towns try their best to differentiate themselves with things like being New England-themed or celebrating seaplanes, in China, small towns are struggling as the megacities of the country boom. Unlike Central Florida, though, the small towns in China have more unique themes they're embracing, and now that uniqueness is proving not so wise.Yucheng, a small town along the Yangtze River about an hour outside of Shanghai, saw a fast-talking real estate developer, JC Group, promise big plans for the fishing village. JC Group announced plans for rebranding the town as "Happy Town" with a sex-toy shopping street, an adult-only hotel, and a "sex park." The $1.5 billion proposal for the sex-themed town became a viral sensation when it was announced in late 2017.
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