Island: Bridge to sweet success
tage preservation office, said the artisanal skills in making laobaijiu used to be something every family on the island cherished and passed on between generations. The “invasion of Western alcohols” has not only diminished the number of drinkers of laobaijiu, but also “killed the once prevalent tradition of making sticky rice wine every autumn, after the rice harvest”, Shi said.
In 2009 the municipal government designated the skill of making laobaijiu as an item of Shanghai’s intangible cultural heritage that needed preservation. Later that year the central government