Chinese people began to make spirits with grains seven thousand years ago. Generally speaking, winehas a close connection with culture in China in both ancient and modern times. Chinese wine culturehas been playing a quite important role in Chinese people's life for a long time. Our ancestors used wine to enjoy themselves while writing poetry, or to make a toast to their relatives and friends during a feast. Wine culture, as a kind of culture form, is also an inseparable part in the life of ordinary Chinese people such as birthday parties, farewell dinners, weddings, etc.
China is one of the leading countries in wine-makingin the world. There are many legends concerning theinvention of alcohol. The most popular one isabout Du Kang. It is said that Du Kang lost hisbamboo tube, which was full of millet, on the tree one day. Fourteen days later he saw the tubeby accident, and surprisingly found that the millet had turned into fragrant alcohol. Sincethen, inspired by this discovery, he began to make the alcohol. And for that reason, his nameis often associated with alcohol, which is illustrated in Cao Cao's verses-“What can relieve myworries? Only Dukang.”
在中国，酒(white spirit)作为一种特殊的文化形式，有着5000多年的历史。确 超所著的《杯里春秋》(The Spring and Autumn in the Cup)—书认为，喝酒有点像学问，而不是大吃大喝。中国历史上有很多关于酒的故事。唐代伟大诗人李白可以“斗酒诗百篇”，喝得越多，他的诗就作得越好。在中国民俗中，酒有着极其重要的地位。不论是君王还是平民，都用烈酒(spirit)庆祝各个节日、婚礼、生日聚会， 纪念逝者，为亲友接风或送行，庆贺好消息，摆脱焦虑和治疗疾病以求长寿。
White spirit，as a special form of Chinese culture ,has a history of more than 5,000 years. According to the book The Spring and Autumn in the Cup by Lin Chao，white spirit drinking is something of learning rather than eating and drinking. There are many stories about white spirit in Chinese history. The great poet Li Bai in the Tang Dynasty could “write 100 poems after drinking white spirit”，and the more white spirit he drank, the better his poem would be. White spirit plays an extremely important role in Chinese folk custom. Spirits are used to celebrate different festivals，wedding ceremonies and birthday parties，to memorize the departed，to welcome and send off relatives and friends, to congratulate the good news and to get rid of anxiety，to cure diseases and prolong life，both for emperors and ordinary people.