Sticky rice dumpling, a traditional Chinese food, is made of sticky rice stuffed with special fillings and wrapped up in Argy-wormwood leaves. Chinese people eat Zongzi during the Dragon Boat Festival to memorialize Qu Yuan, a famous Chinese poet who lived 2300 years ago in State of Chu in ===Warring States Period. An interesting legend of Zongzi has been passed down through generations from ancient China.

Qu Yuan
Rice dumpling
The legend behind Sticky rice dumpling

As a minister in the State of Chu – one of the seven Warring States, Qu Yuan was a patriotic poet who wrote a lot of works to show his care and devotion to his country. Composing masterpieces like Li Sao (The Lament), he was regarded as one of the greatest poets in Chinese history. After he was exiled by the king, he chose to drown himself in the river rather than seeing his country invaded and conquered by the State of Qin. He died on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month, thus people decided to commemorate him on that day every year. In order to keep his body safe in the water, many people threw Zongzi into the river to prevent the fishes from eating his body.

It is said that Qu Yuan appeared in a fisherman’s dream, saying a flood dragon was in the River, and most of the Zongzi were eaten by the dragon instead of the fishes. He told the fisherman that the dragon feared Argy-wormwood leaves and five-color strings, and as long as those special materials would be added to Zongzi, his body would be protected. As a result, later generations celebrate the day of Qu Yuan’s death at every 5th day of May of the lunar calendar. Nowadays, Zongzi has become a symbol for Chinese people to express their homage to Qu Yuan’s spirits, such as his patriotism, selflessness, and righteousness; the festival of eating Zongzi and racing dragon boats help pass on the tradition of death ritual and filial piety to future generations. The legend, also, represents the heritage of dragon-worship that has deeply rooted in Chinese society.

Therefore, during dragon boat festival, we want to hold a sticky rice dumpling making event for you to experience our food culture.

Event Date: June 17th 10am to 12am
Price: 190RMB per person

  1. Cooking class in a local family
  2. Experience food culture
  3. Free wifi
  4. Taste our home-made wine and tea
  5. Learn how to make rice dumplings
  6. Enjoy rice dumplings