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http://www.chinese.cn 11:25, April 8, 2011 chinaculture.org

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Shaoxing Wine
Shaoxing Wine

Shaoxing Wine is a famous local specialty of Shaoxing, a Chinese city renowned for its cultural importance and located in the south of Hangzhou and the north of Huiji Mountain. Shaoxing City is known for its bountiful human landscape, its picturesque rivers and lakes, and its attractive local customs. Many works of Lu Xun depict the strong flavor of the local culture. From Bai Cao Yuan (Hundred Grass Garden) to San Wei Shu Wu (Three Savor Study), Kong Yiji's (Kong Yiji, a character in Lu's book) aniseed beans to the village theatrical performance, Lu Xun's strong affection for his hometown lies between the lines.

Shaoxing is also a waterside city, with more than 4000 bridges. It is most famous for Jianhu Lake, in the south. The water there is very special, incomparably better for brewing Shaoxing Wine. Those who tend to make Shaoxing Wine at other places are doomed to failure, even with the best materials and techniques.

Shaoxing
Shaoxing

Why is it so special? Shaoxing was a marshland in ancient times. It was alleviated by the mountain torrents from Huiji Mountain in the south, and by the tides from the sea in the north. Jianhu Lake was also formed this way. There are two layers of coal mud under Jianhu Lake that contain a large quantity of nutrition and at the same time adsorb harmful ingredients. Due to these special geographic conditions, the water in Jianhu Lake is crystal clear, and contains abundant Ca and the trace element Li.

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