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Published August 2018

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Guozheng Zongzi

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Guozheng Zongzi is the improved zongzi. Zongzi is a pyramid-shaped mass of glutious rice wrapped in leaves. Guangzhou zongzi features big size and nice shape. Fillings beside the fresh meati, there are sliced chicken, sliced duck, barbeque pork, vitelline mung bean and so on.

There are other fruit zongzi too. When in winter, get a very thermal zongzi in hands, and poke the leave-pack piece by piece then the savory smell is thicker and thicker. You will have the feeling that a warm current is passing through every part of the body. At last the yum taste is indeed make you warm all over.

The Dragon Boat Festival is closely associated with zongzi. Families prepare small pyramidal zongzi prior to the official festival day. Due to the featured activity of dragon boat racing, the English appellation is “Dragon Boat Festival” (and Portuguese Festividade do Barco-Dragão in Macao),The most popular legend associated with the origins of this festival is the true story of the poet Qū Yuán (屈原 circa 340–278 BCE), who as a government minister in the Chu State during the Warring States Period opposed alliance with the Qin State and was subsequently exiled by King Qǐngxiāng. When Qū Yuán learned of the fall of the Chu capital city to the Qin soldiers, he committed suicide by drowning himself in the Mìluó River. The locals raced to save this respected personage and failing that, they threw rice in the river to distract the fish from eating the body. There are other details of the story — such wrapping the rice in silk to fend off a dragon, splashing paddles to scare off evil spirits, Qū Yuán lurking as a restless ghost, and the like — yet the basics emerge today with the dragon boat racing representing the initial rush to save the poet and the prominence of rice in the form of zongzi.