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Old 03-18-2013, 11:59 AM   #96
Volvoguy
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Well, you guys are missing the point with expensive Chinese delicacies.

The taste is not the primary factor, it's really meant to be used as a peace offering or a sign of respect.

Shark fin soup/ bird's nest is coveted for it's rarity/price.

So say you have guest over, and you take them to a dinner. It is a sign of respect to order those dishes for the table. I don't think anyone orders them due to taste.

Also Chinese new money is everywhere, and they just buy it because they have run out of things to splurge on eg: check out walnut prices, jade, real estate, gold, art paintings in China.
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