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24 Solar Terms: 9 things you may not know about Winter Solstice

(Chinaculture.org) Updated: 2017-12-21

24 Solar Terms: 9 things you may not know about Winter Solstice

Wontons. [Photo/IC]

Eating wontons

People in Suzhou, Jiangsu province, are accustomed to eating wontons in midwinter. According to legend, during the midwinter feast 2,500 years ago, the King of Wu (one of the states during the Western Zhou Dynasty and the Spring and Autumn Period) was disgusted with all kinds of costly foods and wanted to eat something different. Then, the beauty Xishi came into the kitchen to make "wontons" to honor the king's wish. He ate a lot and liked the food very much. To commemorate Xishi, the people of Suzhou made wontons the official food to celebrate the festival.