Saturday, 20. December 2014
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Cabbage may be regarded in most of the world as a rather boring vegetable but in East China's Shandong province it is regarded with almost reverential awe.
That is because selling cabbages is one of the reasons that the area is the richest in China. Although the area is also famous for other agricultural products including wine, many argue that cabbage is at the heart of the region's success.
Indeed, many local phrases concerned with being wealthy and having success involve the use of the word cabbage including wishing cabbage fortunes on a person, hoping for cabbage luck and may you have a cabbage future, meaning a good future.
So it was only a question of time before the humble cabbage was also honoured in the region with a giant cabbage sculpture to pay tribute to the role the vegetable has played in the region's fortunes.
It was unveiled at a recent agricultural trading centre in the city of Liaocheng in Shandong province after the organisers decided they wanted the cabbage to play a central role in the fair, as it had in the region's economy for decades.
Liaocheng is the provinces biggest cabbage production centre and fair organiser Ho Chiu said: "We feel it is a fitting tribute. The statue is nine metres tall and weighs three tons so it's without doubt the biggest cabbage sculpture in China, and possibly in the world. We want to highlight and let the world know that our cabbages are the biggest and the best."
It may not prove however that they are the best tasting, as this cabbage is made from Fibre Reinforced Plastics, but Ho Chiu said that given that it was mainly to advertise local cabbages, people that were visiting would probably not be complaining.
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