Taobao Merchant Donates “Qiegao” to Yunnan Disaster Victims

A Taobao online shop merchant donates 5000kg worth of "qiegao", a traditional Uyghur ethnicity snack made with candied fruit, corn syrup, flour and nuts.

From NetEase:

Hunan [Business Proprietor] Donates 5000kg of Qiegao “Cut Cake” to Disaster Area

August 5 morning, the chairman of a Hunan company, Adili Maimaititure, and his workers collectively packaged 5,000kg of qiegaocut cake“, donating them to the Yunnan earthquake disaster area.

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Comments from NetEase:

宣传部主任 [网易安徽省滁州市网友]:

The largest monetary value donation in the history of humanity.

网易新疆乌鲁木齐市手机网友(222.82.*.*): (responding to above)

Would it kill you not to make sarcastic remarks? What have you done for the disaster area as you enjoy air conditioning refreshing YellowEase [pun for NetEase]?

网易加拿大手机网友 ip:24.114.*.* (responding to above)

What the fuck do you want him to do for the disaster area? He paid his taxes, so you can go bring up donations and disaster relief with your Master, stupid cunt.

美好而又残酷现实他姐夫 [网易湖北省网友]:

An earthquake happens somewhere. When the government leader goes to oversee the disaster relief, he sees vast fields of ruins/rubble and groups of armed police engaged in rescue efforts, with heartbroken tears spilling forth from the corner of his eyes… At this moment, his accompanying secretary leans close to the leader’s ear and says: Sir, we’re not at the disaster area yet, this place is just going through demolition [for redevelopment]!

人民社会积极小分子 [网易广西河池市网友]:

Is it that Taobao shop proprietor? I approve.

网易北京市网友 [huoxinshidai]:

Good man, let me leave my name here.

xhailing2002 [网易浙江省台州市网友]: (responding to above)

They are three people who partnered up to open a shop on Taobao, you can search for it/them.

请把咬字分开读 [网易广东省肇庆市网友]:

Positive energy [doing a good deed]…

天一的天天下第一的一 [网易陕西省西安市网友]:

Just several months ago, they were still in a private home producing their packaging wrappers. Now they’re in a new factory building. This can be considered the result of political favor.

风不平浪不静0 [网易上海市网友]:

This they won’t bear to eat.

先行水 [网易广东省中山市网友]:

Support.

芥末味咖啡 [网易辽宁省沈阳市网友]:

Well done!

网易云南省昆明市手机网友 ip:119.62.*.*

This kind of donation is good. It’s practical, beneficial, and no one will embezzle it.

dukeghost [网易四川省成都市手机网友]:

This stuff has a lot of calories and doesn’t easily go bad, so it’s good for disaster relief.

穿裤衩的小蘑菇 [网易湖北省手机网友]:

[This qiegaocut cake” company/business] was started by fourth year students at my school, Changsha University of Science and Technology. I approve!

Qiegao as commonly sold by street peddlers throughout China.

Qiegao as commonly sold by street peddlers throughout China.

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  • mr.wiener

    Ummmm…. I’m wondering about the practicality of this particular gift.

    • AbC

      I’m just going by one of the netizen’s responses

      “This stuff has a lot of calories and doesn’t easily go bad, so it’s good for disaster relief.”

      As long as the company pays for the freight and distribution of all the cakes, then I have to agree with this guy too

      “This kind of donation is good. It’s practical, beneficial, and no one will embezzle it.”

      • mr.wiener

        You’re probably right. Donated money would possibly end up lining the pockets of some sticky fingered bureaucrat.

        • AbC

          Or paying for Guo MeiMei’s gambling habits.

          • mr.wiener

            Only way she’s going to pay those is on her back.

    • Probotector

      Me too, how is this supposed to help anyone… morale boost perhaps?

    • DC

      I actually think it’s a better idea to donate usable / kinda usable stuff…you’ll never be able to follow the money trail in China.

  • SongYii

    Well, its not moldy bread, but….. it’ll do, I guess.

  • JabroniZamboni

    Well placed ad combined with stock teetering on the edge. Who cares? The people of Yunan could use food. It most likely tastes better than the sodium laced noodle cups I’ve seen given as aid so far.

  • Cv

    Well its better than nothing, At least someone cares, showing support. How does this cake taste by the way?

    • Jay K.

      fucking awesome. what i don’t like are they thuggish behaviors of the street peddlers who sell this and try to rip you off.

      it has got to be the best moist granola bar (taste like it) ‘ve ever tasted)….

      actually the crunchiness of a granola bar, yet with the sweetness and moistness of baklava. it’s like a combo of both.

  • This is impractical and irresponsible. Many of the victims are gravely physically injured and require nothing less than the finest grade urine that money can buy.

  • Mihel

    The largest monetary value donation in the history of humanity.

    This kind of comments I hate. Who would part freely from what could be sold from profit?

    Too bad the article didn’t mention the fact that Adili was Uygur, reactions would have been more interesting.

    • Paul Shanahan

      You clearly don’t understand the joke.

      It refers to the perception of the price of qiegao being extortionately high ergo a huge donation of qiegao must have a high monetary value.

      • Mihel

        Ops!
        My bad, I didn’t realize from this context that qiegao was expensive food.
        My laowainess is showing.

    • Insomnicide

      “Too bad the article didn’t mention the fact that Adili was Uygur”

      It’s obvious from the photos that he is Uyghur. And unlike the street peddlers who created the connotations behind ‘qiegao’, these guys run a legitimate business.

      • Poo stain in the membrane

        He certainly has a nice little hat.

  • whuddyasack

    Help is help regardless who offers it. It’s the thought that counts and even then the cake is very practical. Yunnan is one of the poorest provinces in China and people there can’t even afford clean water to cook their noodles. I’m sure the victims and donees would relish the qiegao with delight and gratitude.

    • slob

      TIL a new word : Donee.

      • dgosh343

        What?

  • FYIADragoon

    Its the best option. Placing responsibility for properly buying supplies in the hands of the Chinese government or the Red Cross is a fool’s errand.

  • Insomnicide

    Qiegao actually used for something positive. I can’t believe my eyes. Bravo to these guys, sending something that can’t be leeched by corrupt bureaucrats.

  • b duck

    Good guys!
    I never tried qiegao in my life so far…

    • SonofSpermcube

      I tried to buy it once but it was expensive and the guy was really insistent on cutting like 4 times as much as I wanted, so I was like “fuck it, bye.” So neither have I.

      • Claude

        The exactly what happened to me. I just thought it was a ridicules amount of money for street food and walked away.

      • b duck

        Then you were lucky!
        If you were chinese, they just wave their long knife in front you in a scary way, then you have to buy!

  • Gerhana

    These street peddlers they are not Chinese are there? I remember in Beijing buying snacks and fruits from these peddlers and they dont look Chinese, it just made me wonder, these street peddler culture are of which ethnicity? I do not think that they came from rural area all the way to Beijing to sell their product, so it must have been produce somewhere in Beijing and these street peddlers just ride around selling it to anyone they see. Though I do have some suspicion since the strawberry I bought from them was the most sweetest, how can they produce that in an urban area? I notice that China Chinese business wo/men seems to be more grounded. What I mean is, they prefer to have a shop, furnished and decorated and you’d find an altar there perhaps to bless the business. Its different than these “nomadic” businesses…

    • Alex Dương

      They’re not Han, but they are Chinese.

      • Rick in China

        I’m sure many of ‘them’ would argue that point…

        • Alex Dương

          Sure. (Not sarcastic, btw.)

    • SonofSpermcube

      They could have soaked your strawberries in sugar.

    • Claude

      I was told some of these guys will sell drugs. Any truth to it? Anyone?

  • LuoyangLaowai

    I hope its not Moldy/Expired Qiegao that they couldn’t sell anymore and just wanted to get rid of.

  • Xio Gen

    I’m surprised no one used this as an opportunity to bash Uyghurs or bring up the Sky High Cut Cake incident.

    • Daniel

      They did! Read the first post!

      • Alex Dương

        “The largest monetary value donation in the history of humanity”?

        • Daniel

          yes :)

  • BigCAD

    Used to buy this stuff after long runs in or around Shanghai’s century park. Best way to haggle was to whip about cash for the amount you wanted, when they start trying to supply you with a slab of it and tinker with the diddy scales stand firm and demand the amount in your hand, well worth the hastle.

  • unplanned_life

    I haven’t seen guys on bikes selling qiegao in recent years in Shenzhen. Never actually bought any…and never actually saw anyone else buy any either.

  • Daniel

    My gf is a chinese muslim and she didnt let me buy the cake from the street guy. So I still wonder if its yummy or not…

    • dgosh343

      Probably worried you would get ripped off

      • Daniel

        Yes, she probably was but now I will die never knowing how yummy it was.

        • Alex Dương

          Why don’t you ask her to buy some for the two of you? Presumably she would not get ripped off being local and Muslim.

          • Daniel

            She is not Uighur though. She is Hui and they dont approve of the Uighurs ways. Actually she is quite pissed at them since the Kunming train station incident and dont want to purchase anything from them. Actually many other muslims dont like them so much, at least not in Hebei as I have been told.

          • donscarletti

            If you think Muslims get along with other Muslims by default then you don’t watch the news much.

            Though if they did, they’d form a Caliphate and then we’d all be fucked.

  • TheInconvenientRuth

    Exactly. Our favourite 羊肉串 spot is run by the nicest Muslim Uighur extended family you’ll ever meet. Their kids play with us, the place is always packed and on weekends there are queues of up to one hour. Not only becuase their food is delicious, but becasue they are such lovely warm people. When they go home in the winter months, it’s like a light has gone out in our community.

  • Daniel

    Not all Uighurs are terrorists but all terrorists are Uighurs. :)

  • Markoff

    truth, but all of them selling this cake on streets outside Xinjiang are for sure cheaters giving customers much more than they asked for and then threatening them with wife if they refuse this cheating

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