Pop superstar Mariah Carey has been accused of playing the diva while touring in China after making a series of outrageous demands.

Concert organisers in the Communist country have been stunned by Carey's behaviour since she arrived in Shanghai last week (ends14NOV03) - carrying 60 pieces of luggage and an incredible 350 pairs of shoes, according to American website THE SCOOP.

She was whisked off to the city's HILTON hotel by a convoy of eight vehicles, four just to carry her baggage, but refused the reserved presidential suite - requesting a suite with more feminine wall colours.

Carey then banned journalists from asking personal questions and photographers from taking pictures of her at a press conference.

According to the SHANGHAI STAR newspaper, "The reason, the local organizer said, was that camera flashes and the 'clicking' sound of the shutters would put Carey off."

But the HONEY hitmaker's behaviour doesn't seem to have deterred eager fans from snapping up tickets to her gigs.

A Chinese media source tells the Scoop, "In spite of her ostentatious and uncooperative attitude to the local media, the tickets for her concert sold out very quickly."

17/11/2003 17:08