By Zhu Wenjia, Sina English
“Liu Xiang Mansion”, the former residence of Liu Xiang (1888 - 1938), an anti-Japanese hero and also the first president of Chongqing University set up in 1929, was found to have transformed into a luxurious restaurant when visited by a reporter.
Four years ago, “Liu Xiang Mansion”, a District Protected Historic Site of Chongqing Municipality, was razed to the ground despite the surge of public opposition.
Removed and reconstructed on a new site, the transformed mansion, though still boasting the title of cultural relic, is labeled by some people as a business project which sails under false colors.
They queried the relevant local departments in anger, saying that “Who has the right to forcefully demolish the Mansion? It will lose its original historical flavor even if the appearance of the mansion is kept intact.”
When the reporter stepped into the “Liu Xiang Mansion”, the exquisite marble floor and the dazzling droplight, contrasting sharply with the facade of the “historical site”, immediately brought people into the extravagant atmosphere of the high-end club.
The site has become a restaurant, with leisure areas in the first floor, chartered rooms in the second floor, and even the recreational facilities including automatic mahjong machines in the third floor. The waitress wearing black suit told the reporter that customers have to pay 500 Yuan per person for just one dinner.