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Teen's lavish birthday party sparks concerns

HUGE spending by China's nouveau riche on their children has again become a hot topic on the Internet after the revelations of a 200,000 yuan (US$29,280) birthday party thrown for a teenager in southwest China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.

The teenager celebrated his 16-year-old birthday at a high-end hotel in Nanning, Guangxi's capital, on Monday. Twenty-four balloons, each carrying 10-meter-long best-wishes banners from local businesses, were flown outside the hotel, today's Shanghai Morning Post reported.

The party could have cost 200,000 yuan, hotel workers told the newspaper.

The boy's parents, both natives of east China's Fujian Province, have a clothing business in Nanning.

It is a tradition of the Fujian natives to have a big celebration for a boy's 16-year-old birthday, which marks the boy's entering adulthood.

Last month, a middle school student was reported to have used a private helicopter to go to school in Dongguan City in south China's Guangdong Province due to bad traffic jams.


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