Wealthy Chinese visitors are paying thousands of dollars to take fishing tours and hunt wild boars in the U.S..
The excursions can include transportation via private planes to destinations such as San Francisco and Las Vegas. One tour, offering a wild boar helicopter hunt, costs between $7,000 to $8,000 a pop, according to a local news media report. But some aren't shy about doling out the cash: A particularly enthusiastic customer bought a helicopter used for a rendezvous at a cost of more than 4.7 million yuan — around $740,000, a U.S.-based Chinese language paper said.
Pictures showing people allegedly participating in the luxury trips have appeared on the Chinese social media website Weibo since mid-October, although it is unclear when and where exactly the images were taken.
The response to the pictures varied, with one Weibo user asking: "Sons and daughters of government officials?" Another Weibo user was shocked: "They have so much money."
The apparent interest in taking hunting and fishing trips runs parallel to a rise in the number of Chinese tourists visiting the U.S. In four years from now, 3.1 million visitors from China are expected to visit the country — a 172 percent increase from two years ago, according to Business Insider.