The holiday spirit of giving has even made its way to the hearts of local officials in rural regions of Gansu Province, where yesterday a village secretary handed out almost 1 million RMB in bonuses to 17 really stoked farmers.
Lintao County in Gansu Province gets its fame as being the birthplace of Diaochan, one of the Four Beauties of ancient China. She’s the one notorious for luring Lü Bu to kill Dong Zhuo in the Romance of the Three Kingdoms [spoiler alert], and for never actually having existed, but whatever. However, the county should soon gain a new reputation for being a really sweet place to be a peasant farmer after representatives from 17 households lined up in the mountain village’s main square and received smiley face plastic bags filled with fat stacks of cash.
According to Tencent, the farmer to come away with the best bonus this year had the revelation to switch to planting trees since they are way easier to grow than crops, and this has strategy has turned out to be an unrivaled success.
This definitely seems like a better thing to do with excess government money than just keeping in your house. We personally can’t wait to see what kind of shenanigans these guys get into.
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by Alex Linder
[Images via Tencent]