Treasure Hunt Tycoon


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They love gold, and they love silver. Even more so, they love gems that dazzle, like stars across the skies.
Firearms, jewelleries, and precious metals; A collector’s world will not be complete without antiques.
Storage auctions, old goods trade, re-estate sales and gold-digging. But the truth is, if one wants to make money, then the supreme way is through searching for the legendary treasures.
Holding the fort, there’s an ocelot, a wolf, and an Andes condor. At the side, there’s a loyal hound, an irascible ape, and an African honey badger. Who said that you can only rely on humans when treasure hunting?!

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I find a lot of the reviews here rather ironic. Currently, i've read up to chapter 200, and I can't say that this applies to all the subsequent chapters, so this review is only for the first 200. As mentioned earlier, a good chunk of the story isn't actual treasure hunting, as in going into caves or temples or what not, its basically a storage auction where you buy storage units at an auction, and hope like hell there's something decent in it. Obviously, it's not going to be named... more>> Storage Auction Tycoon, because that would suck.

IMHO, with his particular abilities, the MC could have done almost any other thing and still gotten rich, but went down the storage auction path because of plot related reasons.

First and foremost, I'm Chinese, and I was born in Guangzhou, however I was fortunate enough in that I managed to escape their brainwashing since I didn't have to grow up there as my dad was an expat in Singapore. Subsequent to that, I headed to the U.S. For my graduate and post graduate studies. Which is why I say that a lot of the reviews here seem to be rather ironic.

As a Chinese who is aware of people's perception of us, and an immigrant to the US, who is equally aware of the American's perception of us, I can state without any bias, that a lot of what the author wrote here is perfectly authentic, barring some of the more bizarre scenes. It might offend some of the readers here into posting 1 star reviews, but there you go. You might not think you do it, but as someone watching from the outside, I'll honestly say that yes, a lot of you actually really do act like selfish, racist a**holes. It's a bit more exaggerated here, since real life humans tend to be a bit more subtle (cowardly), so it's unlikely there would have been a fight, or even emphasis on face slapping, but hey, in a story about a bunch of idiots gambling their luck on storage sales of all things, you kinda need a hook right? Especially since this was written for Chinese readers in the first place, else it'd be horrifically boring. The first antagonist alone, with his little yellow dogs comment, I've seen and met dozens of times, and ironically, most of them I met in church. I won't deny that there are some really great people I met there, but that doesn't offset the rest.

There's also a rather peculiar trend where the author tries to hype up the subject at hand, like the first was a massage chair of all things, and the second was a harley davidson bike. A lot of it went over my head as incomprehensible chatter of industry insiders, but basically the author made it sound like it was the most important thing ever, but it came across as particularly artificial.

The dialogue is also strangely stiff, and the people talk like they are rehearsing from a script at times, with perfect grammar, overdone accents etc.

Minor issues aside, the story is actually surprisingly intriguing for a bunch of auction gamblers and pretty well written without any of the usual young master nonsense. So far romance is practically non-existent, short and awkwardly written, but since this is written by a Chinese author, i'll take it as just another feature of Chinese literature. <<less
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Panda-Kun rated it
March 11, 2018
Status: c40
I tried so hard to ignore the idiocy of this novel because it's premise is pretty good but I pretty quickly reached the point of which I couldn't bring myself to keep reading it. It has pretty 2D characters and it's plot goes in a straight line.

The racism is what really got me.

Overall I thought it was pretty well done if not for the constant bits of idiocracy that the Author wrote in to degrade "America", I stopped many times to simply wonder if the Author even googled what sorts... more>> of things were in America. It had so much racism that it seemed like the Chinese government itself commissioned the Novels creation to degrade the Chinese people's opinions of America.

Whatever you get my point. If it is based in a country try and accurately portray the country. <<less
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ieatp-ssy rated it
April 4, 2018
Status: c152
The synopsis is actually nowhere near being descriptive of what this novel is.

I expected some variation on xuanhuan about someone reincarnated into a world where he hunts mystical treasures. Well, nothing could be further from the truth.

This is a novel about a Chinese college student living in Flagstaff, AZ and the 'treasure hunting' done in this novel is the kind that the US-based television show "Storage Hunters" show. People who bid on abandoned self-storage rooms, where they can either find junk or an actual hidden treasure.

Having said that, I read... more>> all the negative criticism on this novel, and for the most part, they're all true:

1). This is not about realistic life of a Chinese MC in the US, it's about what a Chinese writer believes life would be for said MC, if the writer had never actually lived in the US. All, if not most, of the American characters are basically 2D representations of what Chinese people believe Americans are like, and has no semblance to reality. This is strange for a story rooted in a real-life location and present day.

2). The palpable paranoia and inferiority-complex of the Chinese (from China) feel of themselves is palpable, and the perceived slap-to-face is augmented here, despite the fact that the story happens in the US, where face-slaps aren't really all that big of a deal.

3). It's anther hint of the Chinese mentality being unintentionally (or is that intentionally) revealed here, which is that the only way they believe someone could succeed in life is by having a 'cheat, ' which this story has, as well.

4). The thinly-veiled view of the US as a nation of colonialist pigs who live for nothing but to keep China down is there, all the way through. I know that this is indoctrinated to every Chinese child at the earliest possibility, and it's hard to overcome for a society like theirs, but I'm surprised that a nation of otherwise fairly intelligent people still believe in the over-simplification of "Chinese: good, American and Japanese; bad." But, there it is, all over the novel.

5). It's extremely repetitive, as it's about one man having all the luck, and all of his opponents constantly getting pummeled and losing money, a capital sin in Chinese culture apparently.

Yup, it's all there.

Why did I give it 3 stars, you ask? Very simple:

After reading a couple of dozen of the xuanhuan novels, I've finally discovered that they're all the same novel with interchangeable MC's, bad-guys, and basically a re-hash and blatant plagiarism of each other's work that it's very difficult to tell which one is the 'patient zero' of these things.

This novel is, as crazy and weird as it is, different.

For a web-publisher like Qidian, whom is trying to make money by publishing what otherwise wouldn't be fit to commit to print, variety, a valiant attempt no matter how feeble, to produce 'different' is commendable. (And yes, I just gave Qidian a compliment, there's no need to write me hate-mail)

So there it is. I sincerely doubt that I will get ti finish this novel, as I can foresee the onset of acute apathy coming on, as soon as this thing jumps the shark, or when Qidian starts going premium with it, but for now, I'm at least reading.

There's my two cents. Happy reading! <<less
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codenamebk0 rated it
October 1, 2018
Status: Completed
Novel in enjoyable if you are Chinese or love China and hate USA.

Story is above average, character building is average at best (treasure finding genre is quite popular in China) but the racism part is over-exaggerated in the novel. Some gullible people/reviewers think author is trying to be realistic but after reading over 180 modern day setting novels, I can say that Chinese authors deliberately create such stuff.

Chinese novels set in modern era will trash talk Americans and outright portray Japanese as rapists, murderers, villains as they consider them as... more>> their enemies. CCP encourages artists to portray Chinese as the best 'race' and others are trash or trying to suppress them as a part of brainwashing strategy.

You can observe how "I'm really a superstar" novel becomes racist and jingoistic as story progresses after the author got censored. INSHORT : If you are not fine with racism then AVOID MODERN DAY SETTING CHINESE NOVELS and stick to fantasy genre. <<less
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Molenir rated it
March 5, 2018
Status: c31
I'm guessing that most of the negatives about this story are more opposed to qidian, then the story. While it certainly has it's problems, (racism, mostly) overall it's pretty good. I also like that it's set in the us.

Thus far it's a rather entertaining mindless read. Definitely not worth 5 stars but fun enough to get 4.
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rhianirory rated it
April 4, 2018
Status: --
The racist stuff bothers me because it's obvious the writer knows nothing about Americans. I'd say at least half of all American's have mixed blood in one way or another. I myself have Native American, Irish, German, and a touch of Mexican and most of the people I know have at least two ethnicities in their background. I'm not saying there aren't any racists here because there are plenty, there are as*holes in every country, but depicting the entire country as racist pricks is too much for me. Also the... more>> whole losing face stuff doesn't matter so much here, survival is way more important than something like honor or face, so the face-slapping is out of place. This story reeks of blatant nationalistic Chinese propaganda. <<less
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Crazy1324 rated it
March 25, 2018
Status: c110
This novel is fantastic! New concept and great delivery. I love it especially since I like watching all those shows that have to do with storage unit buying. Also the cat is just so f**king cute!

Now about the comments on the racism (Just so you know, I live in Florida. So I know a lot about racism). This novel's racism is really tame. Out of ten with one being the least racist anyone could be and ten being the most, I would give this novel like a 3. This means... more>> I don't consider it as racism, at least not really. First of all, there is none of the really bad names, I'm not going to mention them but if you live in America, then you know what words I mean. Second, the only reason I can see this being racist is because some of the characters don't take Li Du seriously cause he is Chinese and they are somewhat assholes. But that doesn't make this novel bad, it just has a sense of realism. Third, if you think this is racist, then you are gonna have a hard time living anywhere in America, do you have any idea how many people I meet on a regular basis at my job that are full blown 10s (see my comparison above) ? I'm talking giving dirty looks, saying the N-word and similar words right to the guys I work with and almost hitting them for just looking at them. Guess what, I work in a retail pool store.

So for the people giving this novel bad reviews for the racism, WELCOME TO THE REAL WORLD!!!😡😱😨😰🤕 It sucks but racism is still out there and you're just going to have to deal with it. I like this novel for its realistic stand point. To the author and translator...... Thank You!🤗🤗🤗 <<less
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ArchersGoon rated it
April 15, 2018
Status: c189

Although, this is not a traditional Chinese webnovel, I am especially impressed because of this novel's accurate and unbiased depiction of American culture and lifestyle. This author has definitely spent some time in the US.
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Raneday rated it
April 8, 2018
Status: --
I don't really want to give a really low rating review but I must do so. As the other low rating reviewers said, this novel was so biased on the view on other nationality especially Americans, tbh I would just usually pass off those racist thingy on other novel but this was just too much. And for me I expected more on the story aspect of the novel
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Porkiepie99 rated it
March 28, 2018
Status: c31
I like the novel and it’s well written. The concept is interesting and unlike most novels it’s takes place in America. This is where my one gripe with the novel comes through, it depicts most Americans as racist without any other type of conflict involved. The author makes sure we know they’re bad people by making them racist which is kinda repetitive and has an unrealistic amount of racism in the story with jut about every other character commenting on how he is Chinese. Overall a good story and I... more>> will continue to read, I just wanted to vent over the amount of racism depicted. <<less
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omgitsaray rated it
August 3, 2018
Status: c417
As others have said, this is a Chinese guy in the Storage Wars tv shows who's living life with a super bug Cheat. It's a slice of life novel with his partner, some pets, and a girl he has the hots for. Slightly on the boring side for me because I'm more action oriented but others might enjoy it.
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ScotlandForsythe rated it
November 3, 2018
Status: --
This story has a very interesting topic and I really liked it. A lot of people have commented about racism. Some people say it's the real world and others say it's too much and to be honest-- there are racist people in America. You see it in real life, on TV, and in plenty of other countries. BUT the story goes too far. Basically every antagonist is racist. Every other character has something against Chinese people and the insults at times, aren't things people would actually say in real life.... more>> :/


for goodness sakes. No one denies a Chinese person something for the Korean war... most Americans don't even know the Chinese had anything to do with it.

Also, I have never met a person call a Chinese person 'yellow to there flippin place.


Racism does happen. EVERYWHERE. Not just in America. But the way the story portrays it is seriously... unrelialistic. I can see this happening in some back alley, or bar, or pool store. NOT in every day life.

At times it's not the name calling. (That's actually pretty tame). It's the characterization.


Black people aren't all like what he writes. His white best friend is.... '-'


Great idea, but it's a bit cringey. The racism is poorly overdone and can come as offending to quite a few people. To other reviewers, they're not being blind, but stating how the focal point of the story shouldn't be racist American antagonists. *shrugs* <<less
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Anonymreader rated it
October 29, 2018
Status: c736
For the racism concern of this novel, I think it is an interesting concept to bring it up. For people who do believe that racism doesn't exists, it does everywhere especially in USA. If you watch the USA news, you can always find some racism things weekly... Anyway, it is also the environment that determines that racial bias is more prominent. You can stood out by just being different. You can be born in America, live all your life in America, but still be perceived as Chinese based on the... more>> color of your skin. Treat this book as fiction based on real facts. The background information is really useful you know. Don't treat it as fillers. The author puts some efforts in searching to make this more realistic, so please respect him for his efforts and enriching your general knowledge. <<less
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tides rated it
September 11, 2018
Status: --
it's funny how panda-kun view of America is that theres no racism and it's a utopia. It's hilarious.

I've lived in America and the racism I've encountered in the US is real.

While waiting for my uber, I've been insulted by old white men for no reason and the movement by the minorities is very real and it's not against something that is imaginary. That said, it wasn't as much as the MC encountered but it has probably something to do with the circumstances he meets people.

anyway like people have said, this... more>> is storage wars for the first 200 chapters then it moves into ruins diving. Sadly it cannot get better without diving into fiction and it does, which is one point people dislike since it's set in the present. You kinda have to adjust that you're not expecting a hero but a guy with a cheat who just keeps on getting richer and richer with no other aim besides to amass insane amounts of money. <<less
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shuiko rated it
January 6, 2019
Status: c686
A decent story in the slice of life style of writing, with a bit of mystery ability, that's not OP but when well used can be interesting for plot development. There are some weird choices but over makes sense in this setting.

Solid Romance, no stupid crap, simple, and realistic in terms of communication, and writing.

The BEST part of the novel is honestly the adopted "children/pets" the MC and Wifu get throughout the story that make it interesting.

As usual review based on story itself, and TL quality.
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aname rated it
September 24, 2018
Status: c27
It's not bad except the author seems to go out of their way to include some jarring racism (as in it's not even relevant and he just throws it in to make you hate the antagonist, which doesn't really work and leaves me wondering if all Chinese people are like this... Which is kind of racist... So now I need a drink) other than that it's pretty good the characters are well developed and the translation is fine, haven't gotten far enough to see if it's fallen into that repetive... more>> cycle that web novels seem to fall into but it might be OK except for the obvious problems. <<less
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September 23, 2018
Status: c220
For people who think that novel was too racist should go out of their comfort zone and see the world. What the author write here pretty much happened in real life, you may denied it but the truth is there. Furthermore so many people gave a review after reading 1-30 chapters, I find it amusing when the comment review full of people who doesnt really read the novel but tried to explain what the novel is about.

Anyway the earlier part in this novel is like what others said, doesnt match... more>> with the title, not diving into ruins but buying things at auction house. But if u ignore the novel's title, I think it was decent novel to read if u got plenty of free time <<less
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