- CNTV English - CCTV News

Sales of holiday snack spike across China

02-06-2012 08:27 BJT

By Wang Xiaodong and Wang Hongyi (China Daily)

BEIJING / SHANGHAI - China has seen a boom in the sale of handmade yuanxiao, glutinous rice dumplings traditionally eaten at Lantern Festival, in the run-up to the celebration, which falls on Monday this year.

"The shop assistant just told me that all the yuanxiao for the whole day have been sold out, so I may come here tomorrow to try again," said a man surnamed Zhang in Beijing. All the dumplings at the famous Beijing snack shop Zhang visited were sold out by noon.

The sweet and glutinous treat is called yuanxiao in the north. In the south people have tangyuan, which are slightly different in size, stuffing and making process.

Centenarian Huang Jingyuan shows she is still a dab hand at making tangyuan, glutinous
rice balls, in Hefei in East China's Anhui province, on Sunday, the day before the
Lantern Festival. Savoring the taste of tangyuan is part of the tradition of the
festival. Photo by Han Suyuan / China News Service

The treat is an important part of the Lantern Festival celebration, which also includes making lanterns, solving riddles posted on lanterns and performing lion dances.

"All the yuanxiao had been sold out by 10:30 am, and we don't know if there will be more available tomorrow," said Yang Yali, a worker at snack shop Beijing Daoxiangcun.

This year has seen a big increase in sales, and in the morning alone, about 230 kilograms of yuanxiao were sold in this store, said another worker.

The store sells handmade yuanxiao with ingredients that include black sesame seeds, walnuts and peanuts, Yang said.

Hand-made tangyuan are also selling well in the eastern metropolis of Shanghai.

At Wangjiasha Snack Store, a time-honored famous snack shop in Shanghai, customers have to wait at least two hours to buy tangyuan.

"Our staff has been working overtime these days, but it's still hard to meet the demand," Shen Yixiong, manager of Shanghai Wangjiasha Food Company.

"The sale of tangyuan is expected to increase 40 to 50 percent compared to last year."

Shen said the bestseller is the boiled dumplings stuffed with crab, which are sold at 20 yuan for eight.

"It's easy to buy quick frozen tangyuan in supermarkets, but the taste is not as good those made by hand," said a woman surnamed Chen. She and her husband traveled from Fengxian district to the city's downtown to buy tangyuan.

The traditional Lantern Festival falls on the 15th day of the first lunar month.

Editor:Wang Chuhan |Source: China Daily

Hot Videos view more

The celebrations are still continuing as the victorious coach, Joachim Loew, has been honored for his achievement in his hometown of Freiburg.
Germany coach Loew honored in hometown of Freiburg

Chinese men´s national team continued its preparations for next year´s Asian Cup, as they managed a one-all draw against visitors Jordan during a football friendly in Harbin, the capital city of Northeast China´s Heilongjiang Province.
China held to 1-1 draw by Jordan

The defending world champs came into the contest with a perfect 6-and-oh record, but they would be in for a tough first half before opening things up in the second.
USA beat Slovenia 119-76 in quarter-finals

Hot Stories more

UK authorities believe killer of James Foley is a British national

Across the UK the hunt is on for James Foley’s killer, who authorities believe is a British national. As Richard Bestic reports from London, Prime Minister David Cameron cut short his summer break to lead his government’s response.

Israeli war jets renews Gaza strike as truce talks stalled

Three Palestinians were killed and 40 others wounded in the intensive Israeli war jets´ airstrikes on the Gaza city on Tuesday night, shortly before an end of a 24-hour ceasefire in the Gaza Strip,

Missouri police arrest dozens after violent night

As the protests in the town of Ferguson, Missouri turned violent with police facing ´heavy gunfire´ from some ´criminal elements´, cops fired tear gas, stun grenades and arrested 31 demonstrators on Monday night.

Picture in news more

More Video News

Choose TV Program