Sweet figurines delight Heilongjiang, especially kids

By Zhou Huiying in Harbin | chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2022-12-08 18:38
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Wang Chunjing creates a sugar figure at her stall in Harbin, Heilongjiang province. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

As Wang Chunjing created a lifelike rabbit out of molten maltose in minutes in her stall in Harbin, Heilongjiang province, children surrounded her and looked on with astonishment, as though they were watching a magician.

It was no surprise: The 32-year-old has been blowing sugar figures for more than a decade. The traditional Chinese folk art is some 600 years old.

Born in Heilongjiang's Qinggang county, Wang learned the basic skills of the art from her father, a folk craftsman, during her childhood. Applying her talent, Wang could make some simple shapes, such as a gourd, with sugar syrup at age 6.

After her graduation from senior high school in 2008, Wang's family moved to Harbin, the provincial capital, to build a better life.

"My father hoped me to get a stable job, and I tried several different jobs in Harbin, such as sales at a clothing shop and a mobile phone shop," she said. "However, I still had the dream of becoming a craftsman to create magic like my father."

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