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Chinese city seeks to cash in on Nobel win

Published on Oct 18, 2012 1:55 PM

BEIJING (AFP) - A Chinese city hopes to cash in on the success of its most famous resident, Nobel Literature Prize winner Mo Yan, by investing millions in a tourist zone dedicated to the writer, Chinese media said on Thursday.

Gaomi, a city in eastern China's Shandong province, will invest US$107 million (S$130 million) in projects to honour Mo Yan, who has set most of his gritty stories of Chinese peasant life in the area, the Beijing News reported.

The city will build a "Mo Yan Culture Experience Zone", and plant 650 hectares of red sorghum, a type of grain.

"Red Sorghum" is the title of the author's best-known work, a 1987 novella set amid the brutal violence that plagued the eastern Chinese countryside.

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