The courtyard of Peng Liyuan’s childhood home, in Peng village, Shandong province, is now used to process corn. Photos: Hazel Knowles; Reuters; AFP; Xinhua; Corbis

Humble hometown hesitant to talk about Peng Liyuan, China’s first lady

In rural Peng village in eastern China, nervous officials won't discuss the early life of President Xi Jinping's glamorous wife, writes Hazel Knowles. Neighbours recall a skinny girl who lived in a mud-walled house and was strapped to her mother's back as she worked in the fields

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The courtyard of Peng Liyuan’s childhood home, in Peng village, Shandong province, is now used to process corn. Photos: Hazel Knowles; Reuters; AFP; Xinhua; Corbis
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