City and residents want exclusive villa to float away

14:22, January 15, 2010      

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By Jiang Wanjuan

A local fisheries and fishing harbor supervision office in Shenzhen has accused a tycoon of building a luxurious floating villa without proper permission and has dragged him into court.

The local Yangcheng Evening News reported that businessman Guo Kuizhang built the villa, dubbed by locals as a floating royal palace, at a cost of 100 million yuan ($14 million), on the waters off Shenzhen in South China's Guangdong Province.

Although the Maritime Bureau of Guangdong Province gave Guo permission to put up the villa some five to six years ago, the fisheries office has received complaints about the floating house from residents who feel it''s an exclusive club for rich friends.

Guo, who is also vice president of the private enterprise association in Shenzhen and Guangdong''s Science and Technology Chamber of Commerce, won approval after he promised to hire local fishermen which he said would help the economy, Jing Bao newspa-per reported.

Recently, some local residents complained the villa has been expanding and remains off limits to the public. They said Guo uses the villa for exclusive weekend parties and they want it gone.

"The place is only for big people coming on weekends and holidays. We cannot even get close to it," a resident told the paper.

The resident said the employees of the villa are from other cities.
The newspaper reported that the Administration of Fishery and Fishing Harbor Supervision of Longgang district believes that Guo built the villa without authorization, and decided to take legal action.

Source:Global Times

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