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Huaxi is a village near Wuxi city in Jiangsu Province, China. This is the village with the largest per capita richness of the world. The founders of the village are about 2500 people, grouped in 400 families, That own houses of at least 400 square meters, located in few square kilometers. They have bank accounts millionaires, all the services of the town are free for them, and no shortage of luxury accessories such as cars, motorcycles and clothes of famous western brands and skyscraper with five-star hotel. All the founders of Huaxi are shareholders of a holding company, the Jiangsu Huaxi Jituan Gonsi, through which they control about 131 industries in the village: the cotton mills, textile mills, steel mills, aluminum factories and farms.

But Huaxi is known as “ the hell" of the Chinese model by whom has not been dazzled by the wealth. This wealth benefits few, and is based on the exploitation of the workers and peasants that come to Huaxi looking for work from the less developed rural provinces. These people sell their land and their homes, so they can pay for the transfer to Huaxi, hoping to have a better life. But the working conditions in Huaxi’s factories are exhausting, the work's shifts is up to 12 hours a day, 7 days a week, without a day off. But the problem that worries most of the workers is that they don’t have access to health care, and public education. The Chinese low guarantees this services only in the provinces of origins, so they have to pay from theyr own pocket for it. The average salary is only 250 € A month. Sometimes people would like to go back to their hometown, where now, they no longer have land to cultivate, houses where to live, and often they don’t have enough money to pay for the trip back, so they are forced to stay in the village of the rich.