Outrage at China's super-rich as woman drives SUV into Forbidden City


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  • Sunday, 19 Jan 2020

Tourists leaving after visiting the Forbidden City in Beijing. A Chinese woman sparked social media outrage in her country by posting photos of herself and a friend with a Mercedes-Benz SUV on the grounds of Beijing's landmark Forbidden City, prompting an apology from the management of China's former imperial palace on Sunday (Jan 19). - AP

BEIJING: A woman who was allowed to drive her luxury Mercedes SUV into Beijing's Forbidden City has sparked outrage in China over the privileges and arrogance of the rich and powerful.

The woman shared photos of herself and her friend in front of the luxury vehicle in the historical setting of the former imperial city in the Chinese capital on the short messaging service Weibo.

"Monday it's closed, but we avoid the tourists and have fun in the Palace Museum," she posted.

The post, which has since been deleted, was shared and commented on hundreds of thousands of times by Sunday.

The administration of the Forbidden City, where cars are in fact forbidden, said it was "deeply shaken" and in an apology promised to prevent "such phenomena" in the future.

Why the woman was allowed to enter the World Heritage Site that is six centuries old was not explained.

"Rules apply to everyone, and nobody has the privilege to run riot," the official People's Daily wrote about the woman, who according to media reports had previously claimed to have married into a family belonging to the country's Communist Party elite. - dpa/Asian Nws Network
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