Dumpling fes­ti­val cel­e­brates com­ing Year of the Dog in Chicago

Global Times - - Life - Page Ed­i­tor: xuli­uliu@ glob­al­times.com.cn

De­li­cious Chi­nese dumplings, tai chi and dance, at­tracted nearly 600 res­i­dents to cel­e­brate Chi­nese New Year in Chicago’s City Col­lege this week­end. Themed Dumpling Fest, at­ten­dees learned how to fash­ion dumplings.

“You should hold the side tight, and then the dumpling is well done,” the chef in­structed a 6-year-old par­tic­i­pant. It’s “amaz­ing,” she told Xinhua, be­cause she could later eat her own work.

With guid­ance from a vol­un­teer, the girl’s neigh­bor Mary Ed­dery, 55, learned how to use chop­sticks. It was Ed­dery’s third fes­ti­val.

“It’s fan­tas­tic as I love Chi­nese food so much. I found more peo­ple at­tend­ing the fest,” Ed­dery said.

Vol­un­teers from lo­cal Chi­nese com­mu­ni­ties per­formed tai chi and tra­di­tional Chi­nese dance. Work­shops at the fest show­cased Chi­nese hand­i­crafts in­clud­ing cal­lig­ra­phy, pa­per cuts, tea cer­e­monies and even acupunc­ture.

Dumpling Fest launched a se­ries of ac­tiv­i­ties that the city of Chicago will hold to cel­e­brate the 2018 Year of the Dog.

Chicago is among the first cities in the US to launch Chi­nese New Year cel­e­bra­tions in the name of the city gov­ern­ment and 2018 will be the fifth year for the City of Chicago to mark Chi­nese New Year.

Chicago seeks in­vest­ment and wants more Chi­nese tourists. As a travel and com­mu­ni­ca­tion hub, Chicago re­ceives rel­a­tively fewer Chi­nese vis­i­tors than coastal des­ti­na­tions, leav­ing mas­sive mar­ket po­ten­tial.

To­tal do­mes­tic and over­seas vis­i­tors to Chicago reached 53.91 mil­lion in 2016, an in­crease of 2.5 per­cent from a record 52.59 mil­lion in 2015, ac­cord­ing to statis­tics pro­vided by Choose Chicago.

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