Millionaire businessman Xiong Shuihua, who was born and raised in the small Xiongkeng community in southern China, wanted to do something in return for the people of his village who were kind to him during his childhood.
So, he bulldozed all of their homes to dust.
It may not sound like the best way to repay kindness, but you’ll be surprised to know what Xiong did next.
The 54-year-old business tycoon razed the entire village to the ground to replace the wooden huts and muddy streets with luxury apartments, villas and sealed roads.
Almost five years ago, the people of Xiong lived in basic homes, but now, the underdeveloped area has been transformed into a mini town where around 72 families are enjoying a new life in luxurious flats – all for free.
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"I earned more money than I knew what to do with, and I didn't want to forget my roots," Xiong said in an interview. "I always pay my debts, and wanted to make sure the people who helped me when I was younger and my family were paid back."
Along with free accommodation, the generous businessman even promised to provide three meals a day for the older people and families who live on low income.
Qiong Chu, an elderly resident, expressed her gratitude for Xiong by saying, "I remember his parents. They were kind-hearted people who cared very much for others, and it's great that their son has inherited that kindness."
Watch Xiong’s inspirational story of compassion in the video above.