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Expats attend yellow rice wine party in Shaoxing

ezhejiang.gov.cn| Updated: September 8, 2022 L M S

[Video/Hangzhou Daily]

Over 10 expats from countries, including South Korea, India, and Poland, were invited by Hangzhou Daily to celebrate the upcoming Mid-Autumn Festival in Shaoxing, Zhejiang province on Sept 7.

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Expats in tradition Chinese costumes watch the brewing of yellow rice wine. [Photo/Hangzhou Daily]

At the Yellow Rice Wine Museum, the expats viewed the oldest jar of yellow rice wine still in existence. The wine, which was brewed in 1928, is stored in a jar that measures 3 meters in height and 2 meters in diameter.

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The largest jar of yellow rice wine in the world. [Photo/Hangzhou Daily]

Shaoxing yellow rice wine is often used as the Chinese equivalent to the cooking sherry. It was first brewed over 2,500 years ago and its brewing technique was listed as a State-level intangible cultural heritage item in 2006.

"Drinking rice wine is one of the traditional ways to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival," said a Zimbabwean student who studies at Zhejiang University.

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An expat visits Yellow Rice Wine Museum in Shaoxing. [Photo/Hangzhou Daily]

The expats also tried their hands at painting wine jars. A Polish student surnamed Lily described the process as "demanding but fun".

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Expats paint wine jars in Shaoxing. [Photo/Hangzhou Daily]