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Imperial lather

Imperial lather

"Would the emperor like a banana?"

For those with money, anything is possible in China: even to bathe like an emperor. Photos of the newly-opened Yaoshan Fuquan spa in Lushan went viral on the internet this week after a businessman paid Rmb100,000 (about $16,000) to be bathed in the style of a Chinese emperor. The identity of the man was not released but he comes from Shanxi province and is said to own a travel agency. Whilst admiring such a commitment to cleanliness, WiC wonders if this might also be the most expensive banana in history (see photo).

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