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16/06/2014

Travel Guide - Xi'an Dumpling Banquet

It"s a must for each tourist to Xian Xian tour to enjoy the Tang Dynasty Dinner Show in the in evening. Usually people watch the show over dumpling dinner. Chinese dumpling has a long history,it can be anything from a snack to delicacy with which to entertain family and friens. They served every kind of dumpling you can imagine -- 26 varieties. They were stuffed with spinach, pork, beef, fish and other delectables. They are all wonderful.

Whether you are travell-ing in the north or the south of China, one delicacy you are almost sure to find on the menu is the dumpling. A universal favourite, the Chinese dumpling has a long history and is an essential part of celebra-tory meals such as those prepared for the Chinese lunar Spring Festival. The dumpling can be anything from a quick snack to a delicacy with which to entertain family and friends or the basis of a veritable feast.

A well-loved story tells how long ago during the Eastern Han Dynasty (25-220 AD) a doctor named Zhang Zhongjing travelled back to his hometown in the county of Nanyang. He found the people were suffering from an outbreak of typhoid and dying from hunger and cold. In fact the weather was so cold that many had frostbitten ears to add to their troubles. The kindly doctor set about concocting a mixture of mutton, cayenne and a special medicine that he wrapped in a piece of ear-shaped dough. The dumplings he created were fed to the starving people and by New Year's Eve, not only were they saved from the typhoid epidemic but also their frost bitten ears were healed. The doctor's fame became legendary and thus the dumpling became a favourite addition to the Chinese diet.

Xian, an ancient city that has been the nation's capital during no less than eleven dynasties spanning more than a thousand years is regarded as the home if not the birthplace of the great dumpling tradition. It was here that the art of creating the most tasty and delicate of dumplings was refined and no visit to the city is complete unless you partake of a Dumpling Dinner Xian travel guide.

This is an experience for the dumpling connoisseur, the flavours, shapes and colours will tempt the palette, while the elegant names and stories attached to each variety are truly amazing. It is no less amazing that a simple way of preparing food has become so very popular and sophisticated that it is now considered to be as much a work of art as a tasty morsel.

It is said that to visit Xian without seeing the fantastic Terracotta Army as well as having a Dumpling Dinner means that you have not really been to Xian at all!

Dumpling (Jiaozi, Jiao Zi) is a traditional popular food in China

Although the Dumpling Banquet in Xi'an is still called dumpling, its style, colour and taste have changed much, add some new temperament and interest.

The most famous Dumpling Banquet is in Xi'an Restaurant and Shaanxi Song and Dance Show place in Shaanxi province . Xi'an Dumpling Banquet Xian sightseeing is brought forth new ideas in its color, fragrance, taste and style; meanwhile, is added ancient culture. Thus, the dumpling is no longer one kind of simple flour food.

People change the tradition of using pork, beef, mutton and vegetable as its filling, chicken, duck, fish, pork, meat, egg, delicacies from land and sea and fresh vegetable, etc, in one word, include steaming, frying, toasting, etc.

They add many tastes such as sour, sweet, peppery, hemp, etc. Concerning the style, they make out various pretty and lovely styles such as flower, bird, grass, fish, ect. Besides the traditional style of a new moon like.

People who taste Xi'an Dumpling Banquet have had a deep happy memory. This is not only because its beautiful styles and delicious taste, but also because it includes plentiful cultural intension.

For example, "Baochuan steamed dumpling", it uses shepherd's purse and pork as filling, draws its material from the legend of Wangbaochuan digging shepherd's purse in the south of Changan city.

"Black Rice steamed dumpling", uses the black rice as filling, draws its material from the legend that Zhangqian dreamed Wenqu, found black rice and went to the Western Region.

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13/06/2014

Get to know Civil Dance

On his succession to the throne, Li Shimin discussed strategies for national administration with his ministersChina vacation deals. He believed that although he had gained political power by force, he should govern the country by civil virtue. He adopted in both martial and civil approaches according to different times and circumstances. In the emperor's view, in times of peace the emphasis of state governance should be on economic construction and education of the populace.

In 633, the 6th year of the Zhenguan reign and a time of Tang prosperity, Li Shimin went back to his birthplace, Qingshan Palace in Wugong County. He treated his ministers to a grand banquet, and wrote poetry in celebration of prevailing peace and plenty. He also commissioned musicians and choreographers to create the spectacular "Qingshan Dance." This was one of the representative civil dances of the early Tang Dynasty, and reflects Emperor Taizong's theory of governing the country by civil virtue.

In the following decades best tours of China, this civil dance advocated by Emperor Taizong gained popularity and reached its zenith in the early 8th century, during the reign of Emperor Xuanzong.

Both Emperor Xuanzong, named Li Longji, and his concubine Yang Yuhuan had a deep love of music and dance. They married when Li was 56 years old and Yang was 22. The Rainbow Skirt and Feathered Coat was a romantic, enchanting dance personally choreographed by Li Longji for Yang Yuhuan. He combined emotional mortal love with the magical beauty of the fairy world, rendering a perfect blend of reality and fantasy.

Li Longji was a gifted actor, a talented composer, and a skilled musician. He excelled at the jie-drum (a drum with skin stretched over both ends of its hourglass-shape frame). According to ancient writings, his jie-drum playing hastened the blooming of spring buds and the falling of autumn leaves.

Li Longji gained inspiration for his creation of the Rainbow Skirt and Feathered Coat dance from gazing at Nu'er Mountain, shrouded in clouds and mists, and traditionally believed to be inhabited by immortals, where he fancied he could see a dancing fairy maiden. The music he composed for this dance was imbued with a spiritual Indian flavor popular China tour packageso as to give full rein to Yang Yuhuan's dancing prowess, as she not only excelled at the stately Han style dance, but was also adept at the more spirited Hu rhythms. This dance called for specific costumes and accessories. The dancer's skirt and embroidered tasseled cape were in the colors of the rainbow, and the long sleeves of her costume flared and billowed as she danced. Her long skirt was decorated with feathers, and her headgear with various ornaments that swayed and tinkled with her every move. Yang Yuhuan's skill was such that after briefly scanning the score, she could execute the dance faultlessly.

The musical instruments played in accompaniment encompassed those of the Central Plains area and of the Western Regions. The music itself is in three main parts and comprises 36 segments. The first part consists of instrument solos, or qing, xiao, zheng and flute ensembles. In the second part, slow-tempo, lyric melodies are sung and danced to, and the third part comprises both slow and up-tempo dances. It was originally intended for just one or two dancers, but gradually evolved into the formation dance performed by hundreds of palace girls.

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12/06/2014

Taste the Local Traditional Beijing Snacks

Lv Da Gun

Lv Da Gun refers to a kind of cake made with steamed glutinous millet or steamed sticky rice, filled with red pea, and then drizzled over with fried bean flour. Why is it called Lv Da Gun China vacation deals is that after it being cut into blocks, the cake is rolled in soybean flour, which looks like a donkey rolling on the ground and with dust raising. Therefore, it was called Lv Da Gun. Actually it is a bean flour cake. Nowadays, the soybean flour has been changed into the rice flour. Since it was still rolled with the soybean flour, the cake is still yellow.

Ai Wo Wo

Originally called Wowo in Ming Dynasty, Ai Wo Wo has a complicated process. Firstly, steaming the sticky rice and pounded to a doughy after it is cooled. Then, shaped it into a ball and filled with walnut meat, sesame, melon seeds, green plum and white sugar. Since the sticky rice is steamed and the stuffings are fried before filling in the rice ball, the Ai Wo Wo can be eaten instantly.

Tang Juan Guo

Being favored at home and abroad, especially the female, Tang Juan Guo uses Chinese yam and date as its main ingredient and the green glum, walnut meat and the melon seeds as its supplementary ingredient best tours of China. Since the Chinese yam and date have rich nutrition, high protein, refined fiber and vitamins, Tang Juan Guo is actually a medicated food.

Wan Dou Huang

As a spring and summer food, Wan Dou Huang was originally a folk snack and then introduced into the court. It was very popular among members of the imperial court. It is made with white peas. First, steaming the white pea and then fired it with sugar. Then blend it with the cooked date. After it cooled, cutting it into the pieces of diamond shape. It tastes refreshing and has a loose consistency.

Tang Er Duo

Also known as Mimahua, a kind of sweet Chinese doughnut, Tang Er Duo has a Muslim origin. Er Duo means ear in English, and the Tang Er Duo is shaped like an ear, hence its name. Tan in color and sleek in the outside, Tang Er Duo has a loose consistency and a delicious sweet. It is evaluated as one of the famous snack in Beijing popular China tours and a famous snack in China in 1997.

Tang Huo Shao

Tang Huo Shao is a kind of baked wheaten cake. With a history of more than 300 years, it was at first a snack in Hubei and then introduced to Beijing. Soft but not sticky, it is suitable for the old people. The distinctive aspect of this snack is that it uses the cylinder as the stove and baked the green bodies of the wheat cake in the cylinder wall to bake it. The Tang Huo Shao in Dashunzhai restaurant is the most famous.

The Seasoned Millet Mush

The Seasoned Millet Mush is a kind of nourishing item in the Beijing snacks China travel guide. Fried the flour in the pan until the color of the flour changed into yellow and added with sweet osmanthus and ox bone marrow oil, then, mixed them up evenly, the Seasoned Millet Mush is produced. When eating, putting them in the bowl with sugar and boiled them with hot water into starchiness. The Seasoned Millet Mush can be used as a breakfast or a lunch and was very popular among the people.

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