Liu Yiqian: Why Is Everyone Mad At This Chinese Billionaire?

By: Toni Matthews-El - July 25, 2014

People are mad at Chinese billionaire Liu Yiqian and the reason may shock you.

This wealthy individual decided to splash the cash a few days ago, spending a whopping $36 million for a 500-year-old artifact.

The “chicken cup” as it’s known, is one of a few precious porcelain cups that remain from the Ming Dynasty.

The cup earned its name from the image of a cockerel, hen, and chicks painted onto it.

This item is considered the Chinese equivalent of the holy grail.

Naturally, when a man dares to drink from such a rare and highly revered item, it’s going to cause some major backlash.

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Liu seemed oblivious to the possible negative response. He said, “Emperor Qianlong has used it, now I’ve used it.”

While that may come off as particularly conceited, Liu insisted that it was “a simple thing”.

A Sotheby’s staff member had prepared tea for Liu. It occurred to Liu that it would be a unique and wonderful experience if he were to enjoy his beverage from the multimillion dollar cup.

“[I] excitedly poured some of that tea into the cup and drank a little…what is so crazy about that?”

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What’s crazy, in the mind of the disapproving bystanders, is that anyone would want to “desecrate” such a sacred artifact. One so rare that what few survived the Ming dynasty are locked away in museums.

Said one angry commenter, “No people who are civilized would treat a cultural treasure like this. No wonder Chinese people are looked down on by other countries’ citizens.”

However anyone feels about what Liu has done, one unshakable fact remains: He owns the artifact. It is his chicken cup and NOBODY else’s.

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Having paid the price of a small country to own the rare item, wouldn’t it be fair to say he should be able to use it accordingly?

Well, the debate certainly rages on when it comes to major historical items and the reality of private ownership.

Should Liu Yiqian have left the chicken cup as is or is he right to drink out of an item he rightfully owns? Comment below!

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Toni Matthews-ElToni Matthews-El hails from the land of chunked pumpkins and people who come to a complete stop before making any and every turn. When she isn't contributing articles to WebProNews, she spends her time freelance writing, cheering Liverpool FC, and enjoying life as a hair flower connoisseur. Disclaimer: Written opinions do not necessarily reflect that of WebProNews or its affiliates

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  • LLE

    Golden rule applies “The man with the gold makes the rule”. It’s his cup, he deserves to use it. Who’s he hurting?

  • MC

    Totally agree with LLE on the Golden Rule. Whatever Chinese do are put under negative microscope here in the U.S. If this was done by Bill Gates or Warren Buffet, I am sure the public’s response would have been very different!

  • momo

    Warren Buffet wouldn’t have drunk out of it for fear of the cup losing it’s value. Bill Gates would have drunk out of it in the privacy of his own home.

  • pwizo

    hating ass MFers just mad he got a sick ass chicken cup. fk yall. its his cup let him do what he wants racist fgts.

  • unionproud123

    I am not upset that he drank from it; I am upset that he would waste that kind of money on such triviality. The kind of money could do wonders for medical research or for aiding social reform somewhere in the world, but to devalue human life to buy a silly cup….sorry, the rich in this world lack any kind of social conscience if they feel that this is acceptable.

    • Union

      Union why do I get a feeling you are not rich lol