By Associated Press - Saturday, March 5, 2016

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) - Chinese investors are eyeing Myrtle Beach for a $100 million cultural center similar to Disney’s Epcot Center in Florida.

Horry County Council Chairman Mark Lazarus and Myrtle Beach Mayor John Rhodes told local media outlets Friday that investors will be coming to the area next month to settle on a site for the project.

Three locations are being considered, architects are already drawing up plans and the complex could open as soon as the fall of 2017.

Initial plans call for a building shaped like a lantern as well as restaurants and shows with Chinese entertainers. There are also plans for classes on cooking, paper cutting, and calligraphy.

The investors hope to attract both domestic and Chinese visitors. Myrtle Beach is the center of South Carolina’s $19 billion tourism industry.

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