Former Chinese security chief Zhou Yongkang’s mansion, reportedly owned by a member of his family in the eastern coastal province of Jiangsu, was captured in a rare aerial video, providing a glimpse into his wealth, while the Communist Party continues an ongoing investigating on corruption charges against Zhou and his colleagues.
According to the South China Morning Post, the video was captured by a small drone helicopter and the two-minute video was uploaded by Tencent’s web portal Monday night. SCMP reported, based on information from the drone images, that the home is owned by the Beijing-based businessman son of Zhou. Zhou, a former Politburo standing committee member, is reportedly under virtual house arrest.
The two-storey home, which is located in the 71-year-old Zhou’s ancestral village of Xiqiantou, features high white walls surrounded by a classical Chinese garden. The house features a black-tiled roof and an architectural style that is reportedly mostly seen south of the Yangtze River. According to an article that was posted with the video, the house was constructed in 2010 after bringing down Zhou’s childhood home to make way for the new structure, Caixin Media said.
An investigative report by Shanghai-based Oriental Morning Post, citing local residents, revealed that they had last seen Zhou in April, who told them at the time: “This might be the last time I visit you.”
The report that was revealed with the photo of the home, went viral on the mobile-phone messaging platform “WeChat” but was soon censored on the mainland, SCMP reported.
Lu Xinhua, a spokesman for the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, reportedly said that "anyone who violates the party's discipline and the state law will be seriously investigated and punished".