By Louisa Lim
As China celebrates mid-autumn festival on Tuesday, the traditional mooncake snack risks becoming a tool of bribery.
Mooncakes are a mid-autumn treat
With ever more luxurious mooncakes hitting the shelves, newspapers have been calling mooncake-giving a hotbed of corruption.
For centuries, Chinese have exchanged mooncakes to celebrate the mid-autumn festival.
But in the brash, go-getting new China, these heavy, sweet pastries are taking on a new function.
They are becoming a way to pass on bribes.
Mooncake gift sets are ever more extravagant, containing French wines, pearls and whisky, among other things.
This year, one company is even offering a mooncake set including a digital camera, a video camera, alcohol, a pen, a lighter and a 100 sq-m flat - for $40,000.
These mooncake gift sets are being seen as a handy way to navigate around government anti-graft campaigns.
Newspapers are expressing concern that the traditional practice of gift-giving has become corrupted.
One survey even shows that 70% of people think the government should set rules on mooncake packages.
But the trend is good news for mooncake makers, who are expecting sales of more than $1bn this year.