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Love at 1st bite: Great Wall of Chocolate

THE Great Wall never looked so tasty: a team of Chinese confectioners have built a 12-meter-long replica entirely out of chocolate in a bid to entice Chinese to eat more of the sweet stuff.

The chocolate wall is made from solid dark chocolate bricks stuck together with white chocolate and is one of the attractions at the World Chocolate Wonderland exhibition and trade show which will open to the public later this month in Beijing.

Chocolatier Wang Qilu said his version of the wall was a feat of engineering in itself, with a carefully constructed crumbling section at one end to resemble the real thing. He also had to make sure his materials did not melt.

"You have higher and lower levels and you have to fit each brick into place, one by one, to build it up," he said.

Up to 80 tons of chocolate was used in making the displays, which include a mini-army of 560 chocolate replicas of the Terracotta Warriors standing to attention on a layer of chocolate flakes.

The show's general manager, Tina Zheng, said she hoped the displays would give chocolate a boost in the Chinese market and its billion-plus consumers.

"Chocolate has not been around in China that long," she said.

Local and foreign chocolate makers will take part in the show.


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