Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Beaded Zongzi

Tomorrow is the Duanwu Festival (端午節), also known as Dragon Boat Festival, a traditional and statutory holiday in China. We eat Zongzi (粽子) during this Festival. Zonzi is a traditional Chinese food, made of glutinous rice stuffed with different fillings and wrapped in bamboo or reed leaves. The shape of zongzi ranges from being relatively tetrahedral in southern China (including Taiwan) to cylindrical in northern China. It is not a bad idea to make bead model of zonzi. Since there are 12 pentagons in a cage-like fullerene, one has to put three pentagons around each vertex of a tetrahedron.
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