The sugar and ginger having been boiled to turn it into toffee is then worked by hand, giving it a very particular "threaded" texture. This particular specialist shop does so with more idea of hygiene than most, so the production is behind plate-glass, rather than on the street at the shop door.
Fenghuang — Phoenix Town — is a town in the west of Hunan Province, 6 hours by bus from the provincial capital of Changsha. It is built on the banks of a river, and the old town is very largely preserved or has been restored keeping its original style. It is distinctive in terms of style and atmosphere, and, as such, it is a major centre for tourism, principally by Chinese tour groups, though the number of western visitors is gradually increasing.