Falun Gong leader Li Hongzhi was paid nearly 100,000 yuan (HK$93,000) for a three-hour lecture and owned an upmarket flat with expensive hi-fi equipment, the official press reported yesterday. A description of Mr Li's mainland lifestyle was painted as the media reported on a recent police raid of the flat and continued its propaganda attack on him and the Falun Gong, which has continued unabated since the Buddhist qi gong sect was banned on July 22. In 1994, Mr Li, who now lives in New York and is wanted on the mainland, bought the flat in the upmarket Kaiyuan district of Changchun, Jilin province, where he founded the Falun Gong two years before, China Youth Daily reported. The fifth-floor, 1,300-square-feet flat had two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a reception area and an office. There was also a storeroom on the floor above. The paper said the flat was well-furnished with a large television, an expensive sound system and video compact disc player, a leather sofa and a safe containing seven expensive imported watches plus rings, bracelets, jade, gold-plated pens and earrings. Mr Li's office contained a fax machine, a copying machine and a shredder. Inside the flat, police found a receipt for a Volkswagen Jetta, which sells for about 150,000 yuan. The paper did not say how much Mr Li paid for the flat. But it said it was way out of reach of the 70 yuan a month he earned as an employee of the city's grain bureau and his wife's modest salary at a public bath before Mr Li left the bureau in 1992 to concentrate on his sect. The paper said he earned handsome fees from lectures, citing a receipt for one he gave in Changchun on May 4, 1994, when he received 96,520 yuan for a three-hour talk. In his office, police found a blueprint for a Falun Research and Practice Centre that Mr Li planned to build on a 67-ha site in Huailai county, Hebei province. One of the many charges the official media has levelled against Mr Li is that he deceived his followers for the purpose of making money, while claiming to live a modest life. His supporters say the media is telling lies and are angry they have no right of reply.