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A worker conducts packaging works at a distillery in Maotai town of Renhuai, southwest China's Guizhou Province, Nov. 27, 2020. (Xinhua/Ou Dongqu)

RENHUAI, DEC. 1 (Xinhua) -- Distilled in the town of Maotai in southwest China's Guizhou Province, Moutai is one of the country's leading liquor brands and often served at state banquets.

The spirit, made from sorghum and wheat, takes up to one year for the whole production process, involving nine times of steaming, eight times of fermentation and seven times of distillation before aged in clay pots.

Workers moisten grains at a distillery in Maotai town of Renhuai, southwest China's Guizhou Province, Nov. 28, 2020. (Xinhua/Ou Dongqu)

Workers moisten grains at a distillery in Maotai town of Renhuai, southwest China's Guizhou Province, Nov. 28, 2020. (Xinhua/Ou Dongqu)

Workers moisten grains at a distillery in Maotai town of Renhuai, southwest China's Guizhou Province, Nov. 28, 2020. (Xinhua/Wang Yuguo)

Workers mix grains with yeast at a distillery in Maotai town of Renhuai, southwest China's Guizhou Province, Nov. 28, 2020. (Xinhua/Wang Yuguo)

Workers mix grains with yeast at a distillery in Maotai town of Renhuai, southwest China's Guizhou Province, Nov. 28, 2020. (Xinhua/Ou Dongqu)

Workers mix grains with yeast at a distillery in Maotai town of Renhuai, southwest China's Guizhou Province, Nov. 28, 2020. (Xinhua/Wang Yuguo)

Workers mix grains with yeast at a distillery in Maotai town of Renhuai, southwest China's Guizhou Province, Nov. 28, 2020. (Xinhua/Wang Yuguo)

Expert Ren Jinsu checks the condition of yeast at a fermentation workshop of a distillery in Maotai town of Renhuai, southwest China's Guizhou Province, Nov. 28, 2020. (Xinhua/Wang Yuguo)

Hu Meng (R), 26, works at a distillery in Maotai town of Renhuai, southwest China's Guizhou Province, Nov. 28, 2020. Hu graduated from Xihua University in southwestern Chinese city Chengdu and has been working here since this September. (Xinhua/Wang Yuguo)

A man works at a distillery in Maotai town of Renhuai, southwest China's Guizhou Province, Nov. 28, 2020. (Xinhua/Ou Dongqu)

Photo taken on Nov. 28, 2020 shows a distillery surrounded by Chishui River in Maotai town of Renhuai, southwest China's Guizhou Province. (Xinhua/Ou Dongqu)


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