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Suzhou holds second hairy crab festival

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Updated: 2017-07-27

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The Second Yangcheng Lake Hairy Crab Culture Festival opened on July 23 in Suzhou, Jiangsu province. Anglers pulled in a huge haul of more than 500 kilograms of tasty crustaceans from the west part of Yangcheng Lake on the opening day.

Yangcheng Lake is famous across China for its Chinese mitten crabs, which are considered to be the tastiest crabs in the country.

Festivalgoers were keenest to catch a kind of young male crab called Liuyuehuang. If they are caught during July or August, when they are just going through their third shell molting and weigh around 100 grams, the Liuyuehuang are extra delicious, with thin shells, tender meat and rich roe.

This year's festival will run for two months, giving people plenty of time to get their hands on the lovely Liuyuehuang. The event is expected to once again raise the profile of Yangcheng Lake's famous hairy crabs.

According to Zhang Dehong, vice president of Suzhou Yangcheng Lake Crab Association and chairman of West Lake of Yangcheng Lake Eco-Aquaculture Union, around 500 kg of hairy crabs have been caught every day since the crab fishing season started a week ago.

He also added that during the festival, the union will cooperate with Alibaba's famous business-to-consumer e-commerce platform Tmall to sell Liuyuehuang hairy crabs online.

The West Lake of Yangcheng Lake Eco-Aquaculture Union was established in January 2013, and is composed of six fishing cooperatives uniting 3,408 fishermen. The union is dedicated to carrying out eco-aquaculture in the west lake of Yangcheng Lake.

Suzhou holds second hairy crab festival

Fishermen bring in another haul of hairy crabs at the west lake of Yangcheng Lake in Suzhou, Jiangsu province. [Photo/ suzhou.bendibao.com]

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