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17/04/2013

What to Eat in Chongqing and its food streets

Chongqing, as the starting point of Yangtze River tour, is a must-see destination in China.

Hot Pot

Hot pot is local culinary specialty in Chongqing. When eating, the food like beef pork, mutton and other vegetable ordered by customers is boiled in a spicy broth. For catering to the different tastes of customers, hotpot with different flavors like spiciness, sourness and light spiciness can be available. If you cannot bear the spiciness, you can try other taste. The most famous and representative hot pot are cattle-gut, yuanyang and time-honored "Qiaotou" hotpots. Cattle-gut hot pot are characterized by pungency, dense soup and heavy flavor. As for yuangyang hot pot, the pot is separated into two parts in the middle. One side contains spicy soup and the other bree soup.

Dandan Noodles

The authentic Dandan noodles can also be eaten in Chongqing (always contained in China travel deals). The dish is made up of preserved vegetables, chili oil, minced pork and chopped scallions. In the past, the noodles were sold by walking street vendors who carried a shoulder pole (dan dan) with two baskets containing noodles and sauces at the either end. So the noodle got its name, Dandan Noodles.

Jiangtuan Fish

Located along Jialing River, Chongqing abounds in varieties of aquatic product. Among them, Jiangtuan Fish is a must-try for tourists. The fish is usually served steamed or baked.

Cross-the-bridge Wonton (pinyin: guo qiao hun tun)

It is famous for its unique eating way. When eating, wonton should be picked out and placed in the sauce. The wonton is characterized by tender and refreshing. You can choose different flavor according to you preference. Many tourists who have China tours must taste Wonton because of its fame.

Steamed Chicken with Chili Sauce (pinyin: kou shui ji)

Steamed Chicken with chili sauce is the famous cold dish in Chongqing. The flavor of the dish is spicy, tasty and refreshing. The chickens for dish must be homebred rooster. The tasty flavor lies in the selected ingredients. Where to Eat in Chongqing

Food Streets

Nanbin Road Food Street

Located along Yangtze River, it is a very popular food street in Chongqing. Besides the local cuisines and snacks such as hot pot in Chongqing, other cuisines throughout China gather here. There are many teahouses and bars here. The view here is very unmatched.

Address: Nanbin Road, Nanan District How to get to: Take bus No. 872, 873, 347 to Haitang Xiaoyue Stop.

Ciqikou Ancient Town (one of destinations of top China tours)

The reason that the town attracts tourist not only lies in the long history and its quaint houses but also the authentic local snacks and cuisine. The restaurants with different size and about 60 teahouse scatter across the town. The most famous dish in the town is Maoxuewang which is a dish of boiled blood curd, spices and others with spicy sauce. It is said that the journey to Ciqikou is incomplete without tasting Maoxuewang.

How to get to: Take bus No.202, 220, 237, 261, 467, 503, 802, 808 to Ciqikou

Three Gorge Square

Comparing with other food street in Chongqing, Three Gorge Square takes larger area and the restaurants are high-grade. The well-known restaurants here include Tao Ran Ju, Qinma, Su Da Jie and De Zhuang, etc. Address: Three Gorge Square, Sha Ping Ba How to get to: Take Bus No.210, 503, 502 to Chengjiawan Stop.

If you need more info about Chongqing food,you can contact with China tour agents.

Article Source: http://www.chinatour.com/chongqing/chongqing-food.htm

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03/04/2013

Winds of Silk Road

The Silk Road, stretching from China to Europe, ages ago achieved legendary status as a conduit for friendly exchange between China, other Asian countries, and Europe as well as a bridge for cultural communication between the Orient and the West. To become more intimate with its legacy, a group of 10 female motorcyclists from urban China realized their dream of “Traversing the Wind of the Ancient Silk Road.” The 4,500-kilometer journey started at Jiayu Pass at the western end of the Great Wall in Gansu Province and ended at Khunjerab Pass along the Sino-Pakistani border. The Silk Road tour is a challenge for most tourists.

The journey passed through Dunhuang City in Gansu Province, Hami, Korla, Tazhong, Minfeng, Hotan, Karghalik, and Kashgar in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, before finally reaching Khunjerab on the Pamir Plateau 4,500 meters above sea level, surviving crosswinds, hot gusts, a tornado, and cold Siberian chills along the way.

Crosswinds at Xingxing Gorge

As a strategic pass along the ancient Silk Road and a portal to eastern Xinjiang along the Hexi Corridor - the most important route from North China to the Tarim Basin and Central Asia for trade and military purposes - Xingxing (Star) Gorge and its rolling hills serve as the boundary between Xinjiang and Gansu(these two are an option for China tour deals).

A sudden shower welcomed us as soon as we set foot on the land of Xinjiang, soaking us through our heavy biking apparel. Although the wind was so strong that we could barely keep steady, we zoomed wildly past large trucks dominating the roads.

Realizing the potential danger, we began exercising some caution. Nevertheless, the woman ahead of me lost control and skidded off the road, rolling down into the desert to our left. Fortunately, her injuries were minor because the land was flat and there was no traffic.

Hot Wind of Turpan

Hot gusts of wind at Turpan proved a great challenge for our heat tolerance because we lacked the protection that cars afford. Turpan is known as a stove in summer. Temperatures shot as high as 48 degrees Celsius around 2 to 3 p.m., when we were passing the foot of the Mountain of Flames. To the right of the highway, a typical Danxia landform appeared like flames against the blue sky. We had to pull over for a rest in the shade by a gas station because two of us were on the verge of fainting from sunstroke.

A dry ditch seemed to be the only path cutting through Mt. Tianshan. According to locals, it hadn’t rained for four years, yet we happened upon a rare spell of wet weather, so the road was extremely slippery. Still, we didn’t slow down because we couldn't resist the joy of high speeds on flat land. Rather than worrying, we enjoyed practicing the control we learned through the twists and turns.

Tornado at Taklimakan

It took us two days to cross a winding 550-kilometer stretch through the “sea of death” in the Taklimakan Desert. My favorite part was a slope providing a panoramic view of the desert and the rush of falling down to hug the earth.

We were struck by a tornado during the last few dozen kilometers before the end of the desert highway. A huge yellow pillar rotating at a high speed moved sideways towards us from our left, like a ghost creeping across the asphalt road. We saw no other options than to stop and wait for it to carry away all its sand.

Minfeng appeared as another world when we rolled off the highway from the Taklimakan Desert. Plentiful green bushes welcomed us from the boundless sand - I guessed it to be one of the longest green stretches within a desert in the world. All of us were touched by the tenacity of mankind overcoming the strains of the desert. Every five kilometers was a well to irrigate its surrounding area. The signs near an oilfield read: “There is desolate desert but no desolate life in the world.”

Cold Wind at Pamir

The most exciting stretch of our journey may have been the Pamirs. Our bikes seemed to act abnormally in reaction to the altitude: they topped out at 70 kph regardless of how much gas we gave them - a sharp contrast to the lightning-fast race across flat land. However, the slowdown allowed us to better enjoy the landscape different from the rest places of China tour packages along the way: Muztagata Peak reflected off Khareg Keli Lake along with splendid snow-capped mountains towering one after the other.

The 300 kilometers between Kashgar and Taxian run from 1,200 to 3,200 meters above sea level. The national highway winds its way along the river valley of Ghez. Cold wind chilled us to the bone, but we still managed to stand at the gate of China at Khunjerab at an elevation of 4,500 meters.

We had battled winds the entire China trip, a thrilling experience of freedom and determination - the spirit of our journey.

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29/03/2013

Local Lifestyle of Shanghai

Shanghai, known as "the Paris of the Orient" ana also included in 72-hour visa free China travel, beautifully blends Western and Chinese cultures. In this cosmopolitan metropolis, visitors can experience both the history, and modernity of Shanghai. Shanghai local's lifestyles combine the best of China's past and present along with some Western cultural aspects making Shanghai's local culture unique in the world.

Early in the morning, Shanghai's elderly can be seen in mass heading to Shanghai's parks and the People's Square to do morning exercises, often with grandchildren in tow. They can be seen in groups practicing tai chi, performing martial arts, doing local dances, and playing croquette. It is a site that can be seen throughout China. Two traditional pastimes that are unique to Shanghai is the ancient art of Ping tan and Shanghai Opera. Ping tan is a form of storytelling that traditionally has only one performer. The performer sits on the stage with only a couple of props used to emphasize what he is saying, and tells love tales, or tales of the daring exploits of legendary Chinese figures. This is very popular among Shanghai's elderly men, who often go to the Yuyuan Garden's (a must-see for Shanghai tour) Teahouse to enjoy this performing art. Shanghai's Local Opera is also popular amongst the elderly, and they enjoy watching performances in the evenings. In the evening, many middle aged and elderly people can be seen doing western style dance like the tango and cha cha in the parks well into the evening.

Shanghai locals are known for their hard work, but after work, they really like to play, and it is at night that Shanghai truly shines. Most of Shanghai's ancient and modern buildings are lit up at night, and the scene is quite spectacular. It is the perfect time for local lovers to take a cruise on the Huangpu River which flows through the city and passes by the Bund and the Oriental Pearl tower, which look particularly beautiful at night. The younger crowd likes to head out to be seen at Shanghai's numerous bars and nightclubs. Shanghai's nightlife is world-renown and is something the locals take very seriously. The most hopping nightlife spots can be found on Julu, Xintiandi, and Hengshan Roads. Many of Shanghai's fashionable young ladies like to spend the evenings shopping in Shanghai's many boutiques on Shanghai's Nanjing and Huanhai Roads where you can buy souvenirs for your family and friends after AFFORDABLE china tours.

Among Shanghai's working class, many sports have become quite popular. Due to the influx of Western businessmen and visitors, Western sports have become vogue, and like in the west, Golf, and Tennis are a necessity for Shanghai businessmen. Although expensive, golf courses are becoming more and more popular, and are normally designed to exacting specifications. The most popular golf courses amongst Shanghai's businessmen are the Palm Beach Golf Course, and the Shanghai Golf Club.

Shanghai is a dynamic and cosmopolitan city. Its locals work hard and play harder. They have taken the best of Chinese and Western cultures and have blended them together in a way unique to Shanghai. Shanghai is one of a kind, and its friendly occupants are well known for their hospitality, and their ability to make visitors feel quite at home. Because of this, Shanghai is the perfect embarkation point for visit to China.

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