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Temple Fair Foods at Spring Festival

With the first week of Spring Festival behind us, most of the city’s temple fairs are closing up. Temple fairs are a custom of China’s Han ethnicity, and the community events offer a venue for religious services, entertainment, games and shopping. This year, Beijing’s...


Firework Sales Face a Chill

After 10 extravagant years, Beijing is getting bored with fireworks. Sales records from the city’s public fireworks vendors showed a sharp reduction in sales as of February 23. The slowed sales followed a propaganda campaign designed to associate the festive explosives with the city’s...


Experts Agree, It’s a Goat Year

In the weeks before Chinese Spring Festival, foreign media were confounded by how to translate the latest animal in the Chinese zodiac cycle. A media group in Manchester, UK was the first to raise the question. Then Birmingham followed when it attempted to wish...


Caituanzi, the Baozi of the Northeast

Baozi, jiaozi, xianbing and roubing are some of China’s most familiar stuffed foods. But in the northeast, the grain of choice tends to be corn. Caituanzi (菜团子) are made in a similar fashion to baozi and jiaozi, but with a cornflour wrap that’s purported...


Time-Honored Daoxiangcun Treats

Founded in 1895, Daoxiangcun may be the oldest cake shop in Beijing. Its first location was near Qianmen, where it was the favorite haunt of famous writers such as Lu Xun. Today there are more than 30 Daoxiangcun outlets throughout the city and its...