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Rhythms of an ancient life (5)

By Huo Yan and Huang Zhaohua (China Daily)

09:14, May 16, 2012

Children at Huangyao's only kindergarten, the former site of a 400-year-old theater. (Photo from China Daily)

Huangyao used to be a business hub in the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties. A number of shops from those times stand to this day.

Mo Xianjia, 53, runs a wine shop selling home-made products such as sweet wine and sealwort wine. Sealwort is a perennial herb with medicinal value.

A complex process is involved in the making of this wine, Mo says, adding that every family in this ancient town has its own secret recipe.

Twenty years ago, the price of sealwort was just 2 yuan per kg. Now, it fetches 100 yuan a kg.

For lunch one day, we tried another Huangyao specialty - fermented black beans.

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