Also, it might be worthed to note that some Chinese do not drink tea. I was given tea by a few Chinese colleagues who managed to say in the same sentence that they don't drink tea. But still they somehow know a lot about tea. Turns out that these teas were not very good when compared to regular off-the-shelf teas from YunnanSourcing for instance. They were very forgettable. And somehow when you reply to them with precise tea terms, observatiosn and perhaps questions, they seem to have something else to do
So it's amply easy to picture wealthy Cinese knowing not much at all about tea but wanting to show off by paying big prices.
So it's largely a matter of perspective I think.
The mountains in China that are guarded by the military to reserve the tea harvest for the leaders are another matter.