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Thursday 17 April 2014

Chinese man proposes with bouquet of cash

A cash-flush member of China's rapidly expanding nouveau riche has proposed to his girlfriend not with a bouquet of fragrant flowers but one packed with bright pink bank notes.

Photographs of the scented paper bouquet has shed light on the spending habits of a group known as the "tuhao".

"Disgustingly vulgar," wrote one user of Weibo, the Chinese microblog, after photographs of the bouquet, made up of 10,000 yuan (€1,220) worth of 100 yuan notes emblazoned with the face of Mao Zedong, spread quickly on social media.

Mr Jin, the florist in the city of Yangzhou, said of his client, who is in his 20s: "At first we had concerns about making a bouquet out of renminbi but he was extremely insistent."

Irish Independent

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