The man who declared war on Disneyland just opened the world’s largest indoor ski resort. And now he’s being forced to sell it.
As the South China Morning Post reports, Wanda City, the $6 billion resort development built by China’s wealthiest tycoon Wang Jianlin, opened for business two weeks ago. The resort, which, at 1.6 square kilometres, is the world’s largest indoor ski park.
Now, it’s being sold along with the company’s other theme-park related holdings as Wanda Group seeks to pay down some of its enormous debt burden, which has recently attracted the scrutiny of Chinese authorities. The push into theme parks, part of the conglomerates debt-fueled global shopping spree involving several entertainment businesses, was partly an issue of national pride for Wang. When Disneyland Shanghai opened last year, drawing enormous crowds, Wang angrily declared ‘the frenzy of Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck and blindly following them is over,’ according to the New York Times, and vowed that his theme parks would be even more successful.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jul 10, 2017.