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More Chinese couples want to get married on the island of Sardinia and elsewhere.
But what attracts the Chinese to such the tiny island?
“They're fascinated by our natural beauties. But it's not only a question of sunbathing and snorkeling,” Macioccu said. “Chinese tourists are great explorers, they like to discover new places and love archaeology.” What leaves them totally speechless is the typical 'nuraghe,' a primitive Stonehenge-like rock construction built by early humans.
The Chinese apparently have a soft spot as well for the island's food: honey-roasted piglet, fish eggs ("bottarga"), spaghetti with sea urchins and shell-like pasta called "maloreddu." A number of Chinese chefs are visiting Sardinia soon to learn the local cuisine and report back to China's elite restaurants.
Several Shanghai shopping centers have already ordered 40,000 bottles of Sardinia's top aromatic red wine as well as olive oil to give their clients a “taste” of the Italian island. All Chinese people will soon be able to buy the typical agro-food products at Shanghai's airports and so-called “Sardinia boutiques” are expected to open across China in the near future.