Street feast, China-style

These little red dots, seen from high above Yangji village in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou (first photo), are really tables covered in red cloth, all set for a grand feast (second photo) to celebrate the village's redevelopment.

The grand house-warming feast for more than 12,000 locals was held in the newly rebuilt Yangji village on Sunday. It required 1,500 tables, 600 staff members, and six large makeshift kitchens built on-site, Chinese media reported. Hired chefs were seen working in the kitchens as early as 6am to prepare a series of dishes for the guests, said Southern Metropolis Daily.

The villagers were entertained with lion dances and pop songs as well as cross-talk and Cantonese opera performances, according to the report. Children were wowed by magic shows.

The village, which comprised 1,496 low-rise houses before it was demolished in 2010, now boasts over 4,000 high-rise apartments, a garden and a swimming pool.

The redevelopment project is one of the biggest in Guangzhou. It is part of a drive by the Chinese government to redevelop "urban villages" sitting on valuable land. The original villagers were allocated replacement flats in the new compound, while the remaining units are to be sold on the market.

Each apartment is said to be worth between 8 million yuan (S$1.6 million) and 10 million yuan, according to market estimates obtained by the Southern Metropolis Daily.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 04, 2016, with the headline 'Street feast, China-style'. Subscribe