Chinese tycoon showers villagers in hometown with gifts worth £1.4m including cash and TV sets

Chinese tycoon showers villagers in his hometown with gifts worth £1.4million including wads of cash, fridges, TV sets and helicopter rides

A rich Chinese businessman surprised villagers in his hometown in south-west China by showering them with lavish gifts worth 12 million yuan (£1.37 million) during the Lunar New year.

60-year-old Zheng Daqing, the chairman of conglomerate Xinjiang Tiandi Group, flew into Dingziqiao town, Sichuan province on a helicopter and brought presents for those aged over 50, according to Chinese media. 

The generous tycoon gave away about 9 million yuan (£1 million) in cash and 3 million yuan (£343,000) worth of electrical appliances, including air conditioners, refrigerators and television sets. He also gave villagers aged 60 or above free tours on the helicopter.

Zheng Daqing, 60, the chairman of conglomerate Xinjiang Tiandi Group, flew into Dingziqiao town, Sichuan province on a helicopter and brought presents for those aged over 50

Zheng Daqing, 60, the chairman of conglomerate Xinjiang Tiandi Group, flew into Dingziqiao town, Sichuan province on a helicopter and brought presents for those aged over 50

The generous tycoon also gave villagers aged 60 or above free tours on the helicopter
'Many of our village elders have never been on or seen a plane before,' he was quoted as saying in Chengdu Business News. 'Planes are very common, so it would be a pity if they never got to fly in one'

The generous tycoon also gave villagers aged 60 or above free tours on the helicopter

‘Many of our village elders have never been on or seen a plane before,’ he was quoted as saying in Chengdu Business News

‘Planes are very common nowadays, so it would be a pity if they never got to fly in one.’ 

Video footage shows the excited residents boarding the helicopter as staff helped them put on their seat belts. They were required to undergo a health check before being allowed to fly, the report added.

Another clip shows Deng handing out bundles of cash tied with a red ribbon to the grateful villagers during a 100-table banquet. 

Another clip shows Deng handing out bundles of cash tied with a red ribbon to the grateful village elders during a 100-table banquet to celebrate Chinese New Year

Another clip shows Deng handing out bundles of cash tied with a red ribbon to the grateful village elders during a 100-table banquet to celebrate Chinese New Year

An excited resident gets off the helicopter after a free tour around the village

An excited resident gets off the helicopter after a free tour around the village

Zheng was born into a poor family in the town in 1959 before joining the army in 1977

Zheng was born into a poor family in the town in 1959 before joining the army in 1977

In 2005, Zheng was ranked 146th on Forbes magazine's list of the 400 richest Chinese, with an estimated fortune of US$154 million (£120 million)

In 2005, Zheng was ranked 146th on Forbes magazine’s list of the 400 richest Chinese, with an estimated fortune of US$154 million (£120 million)

Zheng was born into a poor family in the town in 1959 before joining the army in 1977, according to the report. He then spent some time back home working as a former before leaving for Urumqi in Xinjiang region to start his own business in 1985.

In the next decade, Zheng expanded his company into a conglomerate with 16 subsidiaries in property, energy and other sectors.   

In 2005, Zheng was ranked 146th on Forbes magazine’s list of the 400 richest Chinese, with an estimated fortune of US$154 million (£120 million).

‘Following the success of my company, the first thing that comes to my mind is to repay my country and repay my hometown,’ Zheng was quoted as saying.

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