Food & Drink

Some tourists come to China may not just for the picturesque landscapes, but also for the sumptuous Chinese cuisines that is about 1.7 million years old. Chinese cuisine has a very high reputation worldwide and represents the magnificent culture of the Chinese nation's almost five-thousand-year old glorious history. China's very varied cuisine is considered as one of the top three in the world.

There is a variety of cookeries in Chinese cuisine, such as fried, stewed, steamed, boiled, fried, exploded, stir-fried, quick-boiled, braised, stewed in soybean and fumigated. From the Chinese cookery, we can tell that most of the Chinese staple foods are cooked foods. As China is vast in territory and varied in climate, the Chinese cuisines varied from north to south. That is why people in north China like the salty cuisine, while people in the south like the sweet; the people in Sichuan and Hunan Province like the hot and spicy cuisine, while the people in Guangdong Province like the light flavor.

The Chinese cuisines can be divided into 8 branches, namely Shangdong cuisine, Sichuan cuisine, Guangdong cuisine, Fujian cuisine, Jiangsu cuisine, Zhejiang cuisine, Hunan cuisine and Anhui cuisine, each of which has its own characteristics.

You can enjoy the delicious Chinese food not only in superior restaurants with many facilities and quality service, but also in ordinary eateries that are much cheaper but still serve delicious food. Prices vary, based on the different conditions and the environment. Anyway, wherever you go for a meal, health, sanitation and safety are necessities that you should pay much attention to. Some appetizing local snacks are usually sold at the roadside eateries, night markets or street restaurants that are commonly found in China.

Food in remote areas or cities, like Lhasa, is not as fine as that in large cities. Besides, there are not so many choices and you may not be used to the local taste, especially in the regions of many minority features and special eating habits.

Western-style food, which you may crave now and again, can also be found easily in China. Most of the star-rated hotels have a restaurant providing western food. In addition, some fast-food outlets, like McDonald's, KFC and Pizza Hut, are not only popular among Chinese people but also offer much convenience for overseas tourists.

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