A row of villas stand inside No. 18 Yard, East Shuangqiao Rd., Chaoyang District of Beijing. These magnificent houses were built in 1995 and today they are still regarded by local residents as "luxurious mansions". Among these houses, No. 1138 Villa (See Photo 01) stands head and shoulder above others: huge floor space, costly decoration, occupied by a single family, its present price exceeds RMB 5,000,000 and the name of its owner remains a secret for years.
But who on earth is the owner of this luxurious villa?
Written in black and white, the title deed declares that Lu Shuzhen, Li Hongzhi's mother, is the owner of No. 1138 Villa
The House Property Contract reads clearly: On June 1997, a woman named Lu Shuzhen (See Photo 02) from No. 103 Jiefang Avenue, Changchun bought this mansion which covers an area of 220 square meters, plus a garden of 240 square meters (See Photo 03), with RMB 400,000 (See Photo 04). Taking into consideration of various handling charges, the total number was over RMB 400,000. And the money was paid off in one lump sum (See Photo 04).
But in fact, Li Hongzhi was the real buyer and mastermind of the deal
I interviewed veteran residents from the No.18 Yard on the matter, and they all told me that the No.1138 Villa belonged to Li Hongzhi. An old man mentioned that Lu Shuzhen once told neighbors: "I am an ordinary woman and can not afford such a big house. My son bought it in my name."
Who on earth was Lu Shuzhen's son then? Looking up the Household Register Records we learned that Lu Shuzhen's son was Master Li Hongzhi: "Li Hongzhi, also named Li Lai, was born in Gongzhuling City on July 7, 1952; and he moved to Changchun City with his parents in November 1953. His father named Li Dan, married Lu Shuzhen in 1951. And Lu gave birth to Li Hongzhi in the summer of 1952."
How did Li Hongzhi get so much money to buy the Villa?
Doubtlessly, any one could buy a villa so long as he has "enough money". Some friends may ask a question: how much money did Li Hongzhi earn before June 29, 1997 or the day he bought the villa? So let's look at the facts. In April 1982, Li Hongzhi left the army and began to work at Changchun Municipal Grain and Oil Supply Company; in November 1991, Li left the Company by way of suspending payment of salary but retaining office and became a professional Qigong master; and in May 1992, he began to spread Falun Gong. To make the whole thing come to light, here I would like to make a rough calculation of Li Hongzhi's total income from 1982 to 1997, which is as follows.
A. Total income of Li Hongzhi and his mother before spreading Falun Gong
According to "Bulletin on Economic & Social Development Plan Implementation" issued by National Bureau of Statistics of the PRC, below are the annual average net incomes per capita from 1982 to 1991 respectively.
In 1982, the annual average net income per capita is RMB 270;
In 1983, the annual average net income per capita is RMB 309.8;
In 1984, the annual average net income per capita is RMB 355.3;
In 1985, the annual average net income per capita is RMB 397;
In 1986, the annual average income for living expenses per capita is RMB 828;
In 1987, the annual average income for living expenses per capita is RMB 916;
In 1988, the annual average income for living expenses per capita is RMB 1119;
In 1989, the annual average income for living expenses per capita is RMB 1260;
In 1990, the annual average income for living expenses per capita is RMB 1387;
In 1991, the annual average income for living expenses per capita is RMB 1570;
Using the above-mentioned survey as an example, a simple calculation finds that, as a clerk at Changchun Grain and Oil Supply Company's security office, Li Hongzhi's total income from 1982 to 1991 amounts approximately to RMB 8412.1 only. During that period, Lu Shuzhen serves as a clinic nurse at a small town and certainly does not make bundles. So the total income of Li Hongzhi and his mother from 1982 to 1991 would not possibly exceed RMB 20,000 even they save every coin earned and do not spend a penny on food or drinking.
B. How did Li Hongzhi get so much money to buy the Villa?
From analysis mentioned above, we can easily draw the conclusion that the total money Li Hongzhi earned before his "coming out" was absolutely not enough to buy a villa. And the answer to question of "where Li's money coming from" lies in the fact that Li began to "spread" Falun Gong since 1992.
(Kaiwind.com, June 5, 2009)