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Spider And Scorpion Snacks Put Chinese City On The Cultural Map

Spider And Scorpion Snacks Put Chinese City On The Cultural Map

A Chinese city that is trying to develop its cultural side by staging a major food festival has this year included spider, centipede, scorpion, cicada and snake on the menu.

Shenyang City, the capital city of Liaoning Province in north-eastern of China, is already an established industrial centre but that was not enough for the local council leaders, who decided that they wanted it also reinvented as a cultural centre. As a result they have been attempting to promote its annual calendar of cultural events.

And one of the highlights is the Shenyang City Summer Food Festival, which this year included honey coated and deep fried insects and other animals which only the most brave hearted seemed interested in trying.

Li Feng, 26, who was visiting with friends said: "I lost a bet so had to eat fried spider. I had to drink a bit first of all to pluck up the courage, but actually it didn't taste too bad."

And another young woman who tried the giant centipede on a stick, Qiao Pan, 23, said: "The legs were a bit chewy but the main body bits were actually okay. I didn't eat the head though, that was too gross."

However there were many critics of the festival, notably people who said it was wrong to promote the city's cultural image at the expense of animals that were in any case struggling to survive in the wild.

Under the pictures, one person posted: "It is bad enough that we are building homes and farming the land where these creatures once lived, now we are also catching them and eating them as well."

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