Intangible Cultural Heritages around Great Wall② 丨 Aroma-Wafting Oak Leaves
Jul 10,2023 Great Wall New Media


It is a good time to pick the Po Luo Ye (oriental white oak leaves) along the Great Wall on the eve of the Duanwu Festival every year. In Qinhuangdao, many villages around the Great Wall have preserved the tradition of eating cakes wrapped in oriental white oak leaves.


The legend has it that four hundred years ago, national hero Qi Jiguang, an anti-Japanese general in the Ming dynasty (1368-1644), led Qi's army to station at the foot of the Great Wall to guard the border passes. As the southern China soldiers were unable to get accustomed to the local food, local people, who wanted to see Qi's army well fed, went up the mountains to pick oak leaves and use them to wrap the dumpling fillings so that the fragrance of the leaf is well blended with the taste of the fillings. After being steamed, it becomes a kind of portable cake which was passed down through generations. Now, the oakleaf cake, as an intangible cultural heritage of Qinhuangdao, has become a well-known local snack that has been handed down from far back in history.


As a gift of nature and thanks to the innovation of craftsmanship, the oakleaf cake has turned into a delicacy served on the tables of many restaurants. Small workshops have been developed into modern factories and the fragrance of the cake is taking wing to spread far and wide.

总监制:李 遥

Chief Supervisor: Li Yao

策 划:商 棠 杨建民 邓光韬

Planners: Shang Tang, Yang Jianmin, Deng Guangtao

统 筹:李丽钧

Coordinator: Li Lijun

编 导:烟成群 胡晓梅 袁立朋

Editors and directors: Yan Chengqun, Hu Xiaomei,Yuan Lipeng

文 案:彭运辉

Script writer: Peng Yunhui

摄影指导:张建勋 杜若楠

Director of Photography: Zhang Jianxun, Du Ruonan


Visual Designer: Shi Yutong

翻译:郑 白 宋立芳 李 石(实习)

Script translators: Zheng Bai, Song Lifang, Li Shi (Intern)

校对:李文培 米雯婷(实习)

Text proofreaders: Li Wenpei, Mi Wenting (Intern)


Instructor Unit: the Publicity Department of the CPC Hebei Provincial Committee

鸣 谢:




Qinhuangdao Municipal Bureau of Culture and Tourism

Tourism, Culture, Radio and Television Bureau of Shanhaiguan District

Editor: Song Lifang