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Mo Yan fans beat new tourist path to Nobel winner’s childhood home

Renovated house in Shandong province becomes popular spot over the National Day break

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 08 October, 2017, 3:12pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 08 October, 2017, 4:44pm

The childhood home of Nobel literature laureate Mo Yan was inundated with tourists over the National Day “Golden Week”, the first major holiday since authorities in eastern China put it on the official tourist map.

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Mo, born in 1955, lived in the house in Gaomi, Shandong province, for the first 22 years of his life and donated the home to the city last year, news portal Thecover.cn reported.

The city’s tourism authorities renovated the home to celebrate the author and opened it to the public, with the writer’s older brother, Guan Moxin, acting as a volunteer guide.

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The city also preserved some nearby homes where scenes from the TV adaptation of Mo’s novel Red Sorghum were shot, the report said.

Among the souvenirs for sale are various brands of baijiu liquor named after the novel and its female lead.

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The house exploded in popularity in 2012 when Mo won the Nobel Prize for literature.

Visitors keen for a memento flocked to the site and stripped the grounds bare of its radish plants and tree saplings, the report said.