An exhibition at the extravagant guesthouse owned by Lai Changxing, the alleged mastermind behind the infamous Yuan Hua smuggling scandal, has been criticised for being too commercial. As the guesthouse - the Red Chamber - was opened to the public yesterday, the China Youth Daily published a commentary saying commercialisation of the show had obscured the original intention of educating the public. Lai, who is fighting extradition in Vancouver, allegedly used the Red Chamber to wine and dine dozens of government officials and lure them to join his smuggling racket. Official reports have accused Lai and his Yuan Hua Group of smuggling more than 25 billion yuan (HK$23.5 billion) of goods into China. 'The image of Yuan Hua's Red Chamber as a negative example [of corruption] has been watered down to promote the place as a tourist attraction,' the newspaper said. A cadre of the Xiamen Disciplinary Inspection Committee's Propaganda and Education Office said the organisation of the exhibition had been contracted out. The organiser reportedly sold 1,000 tickets a day to tour agents over the past few days. The exhibition was only opened to the public yesterday, but government officials and cadres had a preview late last week. Many tour companies in Xiamen have been advertising tickets for the Red Chamber 'anti-corruption' tour. The exhibition organiser yesterday refused to comment. In May, Premier Zhu Rongji ordered that the Red Chamber be used to educate party cadres about corruption. A total of 269 people have so far been jailed or executed in connection with the scandal, among them high-ranking officials including former Xiamen Customs bureau chief Yang Qianxian and Fujian provincial police deputy head Zhuang Ruxun.