A new term is making the rounds on the Chinese social web: tuhao, which is a combination of writes, "Their love for bling has become the backbone of the global luxury goods industry, yet they are also the subject of disdain, the butt of jokes, the punching bag for that which is offensive to good taste." The collection of images that follows -- of sprawling chateaus, gold bars displayed in suburban malls, a phone encrusted in ivory -- depict the lavish and often-ludicrous lifestyles of the country's tuhao.(meaning "dirt" or "uncouth") and (meaning "splendor"), and refers with disdain to China's growing legion of nouveau riche. As FP's Rachel Lu
This solid gold, gem-encrusted toilet, which Chinese web users would likely deem very tuhao, was valued at $4.8 million in February 2005 while on display in a Hong Kong jewelry store.
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