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2019 top local souvenirs unveiled

Twenty-five souvenirs were chosen as the 2019 Shanghai’s best specialty products yesterday based on a public vote and evaluation by experts.

The event, in its second year, was organized by the Shanghai Consumer Council.

Among the souvenirs are a glass plate and a bracelet from Shanghai Museum, Kaikai silk scarves, White Rabbit candies, pankou (frog fasteners) bookmarks of Longfeng qipao, Xing Hua Lou qingtuan (green glutinous rice balls) filled with salted egg yolk and dried meat floss, Bee & Flower soap, mung bean cake of Longhua Temple and Park Hotel snacks.

The design of the glass plate is from a silk tapestry in the museum’s collection called “Ducks in a Lotus Pool.” It was created by Zhu Kerou in the Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279). The bracelet is decorated with geometric patterns from the museum’s Chinese bronze and ancient civilization collection.

The 25 souvenirs were selected from 203 products by 96 companies, including 79 from 41 time-honored city brands.

Eighty-five entered a second round after an initial round of assessment by experts based on quality, brand culture and regional features, and online voting by 4.8 million consumers both at home and abroad picked 50 of them.

The final 25 were selected by experts and 60 consumers yesterday. “These products have a strong Shanghai flavor and feature new techniques innovated by time-honored brands,” said Tao Ailian, secretary-general of the council.

“Compared with last year, there is a broader range of products for this year’s selection, featuring more cultural products apart from food.”

Sachets from Jiu He Tang, Meilin babaofan (steamed sweetened glutinous rice with eight different ingredients), Huili (Warrior) shoes, Li Gao Lu beverages from the Shanghai Old-Town Temple Restaurant, Xuhang straw bags and shoes and Jinfeng yellow wine were among the products that entered the final stage.

The souvenirs will be displayed at the second China International Import Expo.


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