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YUMMY CHINA

 
YUMMY CHINA
 
There is a lot of delicious food in China and foreign friends are praising Chinese food. China has not only eight major cuisines, but also a variety of regional cuisines, which can satisfy different tastes of foreign friends. You are more than welcomed to come here and grab a bite of tasty Chinese food. Here are some famous traditional dishes for you.
1. Beijing Roast Duck

According to a Chinese saying, no visit to this city is completed if you missed seeing the Great Wall or dining on Beijing Roast Duck (Beijing Kaoya). As a famous and delicious food with very long history, Beijing Roast Duck is an excellent choice if you want to understand more about Chinese cuisine, culture and customs.
The ducks were originally roasted in an opened fire convention oven until Qing Dynasty (1644 - 1911) when this dish became a delicacy in the imperial menu and were highly regarded by emperors and other members of the upper classes. The ducks used during this period were a special breed named the White Beijing Duck and a new method of cooking was employed, by suspending the ducks over the flame in an open oven. These two traditional methods of cooking have resulted in the two major present-day schools of roast duck preparation.
The initial method has been perpetuated by very few restaurants among which Bianyi Fang (Convenient and Comfortable) Restaurant, established in 1861, is the most famous one. There Beijing Roast Duck served with a well-preserved traditional flavor. The second method is relatively well-known and used with great success by the Quan Ju De Restaurant. Today, Quan Ju De means specialized roast duck restaurant to many Chinese people as well as foreign visitors.
 
2. Beijing instant-boiled mutton (Shuanyangrou)

Seasoning: Place separate quantities of sesame paste, minced fermented bean curd, pickled leek flower, soy sauce, chili oil, shrimp sauce and vinegar into small bowls. Diners select and mix these seasonings in their personal bowls according to taste.
Heat soup in a wok to boiling, adding dried shrimp and mushroom depending on diners’ taste. Add mutton slices to the boiling soup. When the meat changes color, take out of the wok and dip into seasoning. Also add to the hot pot bean vermicelli, sliced bean curd, Chinese cabbage and other vegetables. Baked sesame-coated pancakes and vinegar-pickled garlic are popular accompaniments.
Well-mixed seasoning and a good selection of vegetables make boiled thin-sliced mutton a tasty and nourishing culinary treat.
The pot is made from copper and has a coal-burning stove incorporated into its base, which is used to heat the pot and thus the soup inside of the pot. The soup in which the mutton is boiled is considered very good for your general health because of the herbs that are used in it.
Mutton and beef slices are the most commonly chosen types of meat for the hotpot. Fresh mutton has a richer flavor and is more expensive than frozen mutton. Besides mutton and beef, cow stomach, fish, tofu and vegetables are also popular choices for hotpot ingredients. Noodles are generally left to be boiled towards the end of the meal, but some people prefer to use rice cakes instead.
The sauce that you dip the meat into before eating it also plays an important role in the flavor of the dish. The sauce is usually a mixture of sesame seed oil, chilli oil, flowers from the Chinese chive and minced scallion.
Beijing hotpot is different from Sichuan hotpot, which is the most famous style of hotpot in China. Sichuan hotpot usually uses a spicy soup as its base and is cooked using a small electric cooker. The traditional Beijing hotpot, on the other hand, uses a milder soup as its base and is cooked using a coal burning stove.
 
3. Sichuan hot pot

Hot pot is a Chinese cooking method, prepared with a simmering pot of soup stock at the dining table, containing a variety of East Asian foodstuffs and ingredients. While the hot pot is kept simmering, ingredients are placed into the pot and are cooked at the table. Typical hot pot dishes include thinly slicedmeatleaf vegetablesmushroomswontons, egg dumplingstofu, and seafood. The cooked food is usually eaten with a dipping sauce.
One of the most famous variations is the Chongqing hot pot, It is usual to use a variety of different meats as well as sliced mutton fillet. A Chongqing hotpot is markedly different from the types eaten in other parts of China. Quite often the differences lie in the meats used, the type of soup base, and the sauces and condiments used to flavor the meat.
Sichuan also has a number of dry hot pots such as "dry chicken hot pot" which are similar to those described above, but lack the soup base. Otherwise, the same ingredients are used and the dish served in the same manner.
In Yunnan, although spicy broths are equally popular, there is another predominant type of hot pot that is made with various wild or planted mushrooms. The big difference between the mushroom hot pot and the spicy hot pot is that the former rarely uses spice and chili in order to keep the original flavor of the mushrooms. The mushroom hot pot is also seasonal, depending on the availability of local mushrooms.
Cantonese variation includes mixing a raw egg with the condiments to reduce the amount of "heat" absorbed by the food, thereby reducing the likelihood of a sore throat after the steamboat meal, according to Chinese herbalist theories. It is often seen as a social event for people in Hong Kong.[1] Another variant includes the use of rice congee in place of stock.
In Hubei, hot pot is normally prepared with hot spice and Sichuan pepper. Items supplied to be cooked in this broth include mushrooms, thinly shaved beef or lamb, lettuce, and various other green vegetables.
In Hainan cuisine hot pot is generally served in small woks with a prepared broth containing pieces of meat. At the time of serving, the meat is not fully cooked. Approximately fifteen minutes is required before it is ready to eat. Items supplied to be cooked in this type of hot pot include mushrooms, thinly shaved beef or goat meat (referred to as mutton), lettuce, and other green vegetables. This dish varies somewhat in different parts of the province.
 
4. Xinjiang roast lamb

With public health scares hitting sales of pork and poultry, diners are developing a renewed enthusiasm for lamb, which has a long and rich history in Chinese cuisine.
Lamb is cooked in almost every way - boiling, stewing, roasting, frying and braising. Traditional Chinese medicine doctors believe lamb is warm and nourishing and especially good in the cold winter. In fact, they even use it as medicine to improve deficiency of energy, and pain in the stomach in cold weather. Lamb soup with angelica and ginger is a recipe that has been recorded in medical books since Eastern Han Dynasty (AD 25-220).
Different parts of the lamb are cooked differently. Lamb loin should be prepared very quickly, according to the chef. He prefers to braise top of the shank, roast lamb rump slowly, and grill or roast lamb rack quickly.
 
5. Lanzhou hand-pulled noodles

The hand-making process involves taking a lump of dough and repeatedly stretching it to produce many strands of thin, long noodle.
There are several styles of twisting the dough but they all employ the same concept: a piece of dough is repeatedly stretched and folded onto itself in order to align the glutens and warm up the dough for stretching. Then it is rolled out to a workable thickness and cut into workable portions. The end pieces of the starting dough are never used because the glutens are not as aligned as the middle pieces.
This dough is then pulled to about an arm span's length. The puller then makes a loop with the dough, joining the two ends into one clump of dough, and inserts his fingers into the loop to keep the strand from sticking to itself. Doing this, the pull has doubled the length of the dough while fractioning its thickness. This process is repeated several times until the desired thickness and quantity is achieved. Some pullers dip the strands into flour between stretching phases to keep them separated. When flour is used, there generally is a final slap of noodles against the prep board to remove excess flour.
In the Lanzhou style, the dough is worked aggressively. It is pulled in straight, quick, tugs with no twisting or waving. Some pullers regularly slam the noodle against their prep boards to ensure even stretching and uniform thickness. Flour is sometimes used to dust the strands and prevent sticking.
 
6. Cantonese style dessert

Chinese dessert (点心 in Chinese) is slightly different from western cuisines. They may differ in taste, texture and shape. The most famous Chinese dessert group should be dim sum (Cantonese dessert). Dim sum halls are also the most popular destinations for Chinese people. In addition, there are lots of famous desserts in China, for example Su style dessert.
Traditionally, Chinese dessert usually is served with tea in a teahouse especially in Southern China. But things changed a lot now. For example, Hong kong style egg tart is almost always available in every bakery store. And lots of desserts are served as breakfast.
 

COOL CHINA

 
COOL CHINA
 
Try to imagine this: “ON AN AVERAGE morning a young urban professional anywhere in the world might wake up, check her social-media feed and order a cab on her mobile phone. While sitting in traffic, she might use her phone to purchase groceries and watch a video, and later to pay the driver and buy a coffee. Once at work, she might make an online payment to reimburse a friend’s concert ticket…” That is how much lives of ordinary Chinese are digitalized.
 
1. Food delivery in China is awesome.

At first, delivery seems like an added convenience, but after a while, you will find yourself grudgingly leaving your apartment to go out to eat. From rainy evenings, to nights in with friends, to house parties, the variety of delivery services in metropolises (I.e. Beijing, Shanghai) is an incredible perk, which you might wonder how you ever lived without before. This is one of the aspects which shows how developed this country is in logistics, and it’s not just about food.  
2. WeChat and Alipay

Imagine you are leaving your house in China and catching a taxi which you pay for by scanning a QR code on an app, buying food from a street vendor again with a phone app, no cash is needed, then later going out for lunch by renting a bike simply scanning its QR code. At the restaurant, just input the price of a meal into the app to pay again. On the way home, you may feel charitable, so you give money to a street beggar performing a song, again by using the app, before stopping at a Buddhist temple where you can increase your karma by donating with the app. Isn’t it great? WeChat and Alipay make those things possible for you today!
 
3. Chinese railways

Chinese railways offer the dramatic fusion of hyper-modern and regular. High-speed rails have made the journey much more convenient and faster. One will feel nothing but relaxed and confident after they’ve arrived safely by taking a bullet train.
 
4. Ubiquitous Bikes

These new bike networks are innovative and convenient for commuters. The ubiquitous bikes are uniquely suited to solve the “last mile” problem facing many commuters who use public transportation, but need to walk for 10 or 15 minutes to get to their train or bus stop. With access to a bike at both ends of their commute, transit becomes much more efficient. It is also super cheap, which allows you to be anywhere at any time and you can find them everywhere over the city.
 
5. E-commerce makes life much convenient

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Limited shows us a variety of eye-popping statistics. The company accounts for 80% of all online retail sales in China. As of 2015 the company has 350 million active users, larger than the entire population of the United States. The “Singles Day” is a holiday which takes place on November 11th every year. It is when all online stores like Alibaba and Taobao have 50%,60% and even 70% sales, same as “Black Friday” in US. Moreover, it implies that everybody who is single on that day gets a chance to buy for himself or herself socks, underwear, under paints and warm clothes before winter starts.
Three major web portals make up the core of Alibaba's businessː Alibaba, Taobao, and Tmall. All three of these e-commerce websites serve to connect various types of buyers and sellers, where Alibaba acts as a middleman.
Alibaba  
Alibaba.com was launched in 1999 in Hangzhou by Jack Ma, a former English teacher, along with a group of 17 friends. It is a business-to-business trading platform, connecting manufacturers from countries such as China, India, Pakistan, the United States, and Thailand with international buyers. Merchants can list their products for free on Alibaba.com, but also have the option to pay for a range of benefits, such as greater exposure on the site, and unlimited product listings.  
Taobao  
In Chinese, Taobao means “search for treasure.” Taobao.com has grown to become China's largest shopping website. Launched in 2003, Taobao lists hundreds of millions products and services from millions of sellers. Taobao doesn't charge transaction fees and the site is free to join for merchants, a policy which helped the site gain its large user base in China. While Alibaba.com is business-to-business, Taobao is business-to-consumer or consumer-to-consumer focused, enabling small businesses and individuals to open online stores.  You also can use those platforms by buying a product in bulk and selling it in your country because certain products in China are crazy cheap.
Tmall  
Tmall.com, launched in 2008, offers a wide selection of branded products oriented towards China's growing middle class. While Taobao caters more to small merchants and individuals as sellers, Tmall is focused on larger companies, including multinational brands such as Nike Inc., Apple Inc. Tmall has grown to host over 50,000 merchants selling to over 180 million active users. Tmall charges merchants a deposit, an annual fee, and a commission fee on transactions. Sellers on Tmall have access to analytic tools showing the number of visitors, page views, and customer ratings, which serve to help guide their business decisions.
 
 

BEAUTIFUL CHINA

 
BEAUTIFUL CHINA
 
There are many famous historic sites in China. China's vast territory endows the country with some of the most beautiful natural scenery on the planet. China's diverse natural beauty is as impressive as its long and amazing history.  
1.The Great Wall
 
The Great Wall of China is an ancient series of walls and fortifications, totaling more than 13,000 miles in length, located in northern China. Perhaps the most recognizable symbol of China and its long and vivid history, the Great Wall was originally conceived by Emperor Qin Shi Huang in the third century B.C. as a means of preventing incursions from barbarian nomads. The best-known and best-preserved section of the Great Wall was built in the 14th through 17th centuries A.D., during the Ming dynasty. Though the Great Wall never effectively prevented invaders from entering China, it came to function as a powerful symbol of Chinese civilizations enduring strength.
Significance of the Great Wall of China
In the mid-17th century, the Manchus from central and southern Manchuria broke through the Great Wall and encroached on Beijing, eventually forcing the fall of the Ming Dynasty and beginning of the Qing Dynasty.
Between the 18th and 20th centuries, the Great Wall emerged as the most common emblem of China for the Western world, and a symbol both physical – as a manifestation of Chinese strength – and a psychological representation of the barrier maintained by the Chinese state to repel foreign influences and exert control over its citizens.
Today, the Great Wall is generally recognized as one of the most impressive architectural feats in human history. In 1987, UNESCO designated the Great Wall a World Heritage site, and a popular claim that emerged in the 20th century holds that it is the only manmade structure that is visible from space.
Over the years, roadways have been cut through the wall in various points, and many sections have deteriorated after centuries of neglect. The best-known section of the Great Wall of China – Badaling, located 43 miles (70 km) northwest of Beijing – was rebuilt in the late 1950s, and attracts thousands of national and foreign tourists every day.
 
2. The Imperial Palace

Forbidden City, Beijing
 
The Forbidden City is a large precinct of red walls and yellow glazed roof tiles located in the heart of China’s capital, Beijing. As its name suggests, the precinct is a micro-city in its own right. Measuring 961 meters in length and 753 meters in width, the Forbidden City is composed of more than 90 palace compounds including 98 buildings and surrounded by a moat as wide as 52 meters.
The Forbidden City was the political and ritual center of China for over 500 years. Although it is no longer an imperial precinct, it remains one of the most important cultural heritage sites and the most visited museum in the People’s Republic of China, with an average of eighty thousand visitors every day.
Today, the Forbidden City is still changing. As a modern museum and a historical site, the museum strikes a balance by maintaining the structures and restoring the interiors of the palace compounds, and in certain instances transforming minor palace buildings and hallways into exhibition galleries for the exquisite artwork of the imperial collections. For many, the Forbidden City is a time capsule for China’s past and an educational institute for the public to learn and appreciate the history and beauty of this ancient culture.
 
3. Terra Cotta Warriors

Workers digging a well outside the city of Xi'an, China, in 1974 struck upon one of the greatest archaeological discoveries in the world: a life-size clay soldier poised for battle.
The diggers notified Chinese authorities, who dispatched government archaeologists to the site.
They found not one, but thousands of clay soldiers, each with unique facial expressions and positioned according to rank. And though largely gray today, patches of paint hint at once brightly colored clothes. Further excavations have revealed swords, arrow tips, and other weapons, many in pristine condition.
The soldiers are in trenchlike, underground corridors. In some of the corridors, clay horses are aligned four abreast; behind them are wooden chariots.
The terra-cotta army, as it is known, is part of an elaborate mausoleum created to accompany the first emperor of China into the afterlife, according to archaeologists.
 
4. Guilin scenery

There is an old saying that "Guilin has the most beautiful scenery in China" which made Guilin become one of the earliest tourism spots in China. Sitting in the northeast of the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Guilin is on the west bank of the Lijiang River and has a name literally meaning ‘forest of Sweet Osmanthus’ for there is a large number of fragrant sweet osmanthus trees in the city. With its unique geographical position and ethnic cultures, Guilin is widely known for the superior reputation gained by its scenery.
Lijiang River is flowing through the city, famous mountains and caves in Guilin mainly caused by unique karst landscapes and praised by outside as ‘mountains covered by trees’, ‘quiet and elegant rivers’, ‘bizarre yet spectacular caves’ and ‘beautifully shaped rocks’. Countless mountains surround the city with their reflections on the blinking river surface; when one cruising on the river, one could see the golden sunlight penetrating the cotton-like clouds; lights make the flowing Lijiang River become a large waving silk, which is soothing and elegant.
5. The West Lake
 
Sunny water waves its glow,
Misty rain tricks the hill.
Plainly or gaily decked out like Xi Zi,
West Lake is always alluring.'
These are the words composed by the famous Song Dynasty poet Su Dongpo (960-1127). In this poem, he compared the West Lake to Xi Zi, one of the four beauties in ancient China. These poetic sentiments depict the charm of the lake which has always been a beautiful and romantic spot since ancient times.  
Legend of West Lake
Of all the legends, the most touching one is the love story between Bai Suzhen and Xu Xian. Bai Suzhen was a white snake spirit and Xu Xian was a mortal man. They fell in love with each other when they first met on a boat on the West Lake and got married very soon. But the evil monk Fa Hai attempted to separate the couple by imprisoning Xu Xian. Bai Suzhen fought against Fa Hai and tried her best to rescue her husband. But she failed and was imprisoned under the Leifeng Pagoda by the lake. Years later the couple was rescued by Xiao Qing, the sister of Bai Suzhen. From then on, Bai Suzhen and Xu Xian lived together happily. Because of the moving story, the lake becomes an ideal place for dating.
 
6. The Yellow Mountain

The Yellow Mountains are one of the most famous and beautiful mountainous areas in China. It was listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1990. Its spectacular natural scenery includes oddly-shaped pines and rocks, and mystical seas of cloud.
Chinese: Huángshān,huang means 'yellow' and shan means 'mountain(s)'
Things to do: Enjoy hot springs, photography, and hiking
Must see: peculiar pines and rocks, seas of cloud, hot springs, sunrises and sunsets
Suggested visit: 2 days
Location: Huangshan Prefecture, Anhui Province, Eastern China, about 300 km (200 miles) west of Hangzhou and 500 km (300 miles) southwest of Shanghai. The scenic area is about 50 km (30 miles) north of Huangshan City.
 

FUN CHINA

FUN CHINA
 
The diverse nightlife in China's metropolises makes it suitable for people with different interests, but especially for the youth. There are cinemas, theaters, nightclubs, bars, song and dance halls, Karaoke clubs, restaurants, Beijing opera, or tea houses, not to mention Kung Fu, acrobatics shows and Disneyland in Shanghai.
Holidays in China will not keep you indifferent, or bored as well. For example, Songkran (泼水节)- Thai Water Festival is also celebrated in China, which is a lot of fun because events with water guns and bulbs are organized around the country, where everyone splashes water on each other. Another example, Mid-Autumn Festival(中秋节)is when people eat Moon Cake, sing and dance. Dragon Boat Festival(端午节) is also fun not just cause of days-off, but also because it’s a colorful holiday connected with the competing sport. A lot of sport events are available because China has its own leagues and championships.
There are also camps and trips organized by foreign, or local animators, which has prepared an unforgettable program to keep you entertained. You can travel around the country and see historic sites and landscapes with deep history. If you aren’t about history, walking and taking pictures then you can enjoy hiking, camping or fishing.  
Theme parties, like Foam Party, Paint Party, Villa Party are also always get advertised and take place in bars and clubs of metropolises.
Music Festivals are another big thing in China because artists don’t leave this part of the world without attention.
Food and drinks expositions will enrich you by presenting to you new products from the best producers all around the world, and it gives you an opportunity to try, or see it. It can also increase your network by making you meet new representatives and people from different companies. In future it can help you with your business ideas and marketing.