Gambling for Mooncakes in Kinmen

Having been under Martial law for 43 years, until 1991, much of Kinmen’s original culture has remained untouched. Classical Minnan houses and temples, southeast Asian colonial style buildings, military excavated tunnels, traditional games like the “Gambling for Mooncakes” contest on Mid Autumn Festival can still be seen.
One of the things Kinmen is most famous for is sorghum liquor, and a great deal of them are aged in ceramic bottles.
In the old days, the bottles were handmade.
But now they’re produced in plaster casts.
After the excess liquid clay is slowly drained, the pots are touched up and dried several times, then glazed and fired.
But what surprises us is that when sorghum liquor was first produced in Kinmen, glass bottles were used.
Glass bottles were previously used, but the 1958 Taiwan Strait Crisis broke out and supplies from Taiwan could not come in, so a backup plan had to be put in place and Kinmen produces clay, kaolin clay. Ceramic keeps out UV rays and make it easier for the liquor to age, so sorghum liquor from ceramic bottles taste better.
You can drink sorghum liquor straight, or like the locals, with earthy looking medicinal herbs.
You keep saying you’re going to come back. What are you going to come back for?
I’m going to photograph every old house on this island. It’s amazing. The atmosphere is incredible. It’s really an experience. It’s completely different from the main island. We have to do another show here.
Ah, that’s a good idea.
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