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Taste of financial freedom? Strangely, veggie

Ability to afford 'xiangchun' vegetable briefly became a gauge of spending power in China

What does financial freedom taste like?

A little bit like onion - if you ask Chinese social media users who recently coined the term "xiangchun freedom".

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on March 24, 2019, with the headline 'Taste of financial freedom? Strangely, veggie'. Print Edition | Subscribe