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Our Travel Blog is the place to share our real life, travel experiences in China with you. Besides, we will provide information related to Chinese culture and China travel guide. "A bosom friend afar brings a distant land near." Traveling makes us to be closer, let's discover China together!

A Bite of China – Our Mountains and Glutinous Rice

2012-10-15 | China Food | Comments(2) |   Views:(844)

It is often said that Chinese people form their eating habits in accordance to the geological factors, which is not only a wisdom of adapting themselves to the local conditions, but also a way of survival for Chinese complying with Nature. Chinese people meticulously make full use of the land under their feet and intelligently acquire food, whether from alluvial plain, rivers and lakes, or from untraversed plateau, cities of skyscrapers. Where there is green, there is harmony between human beings and Nature.

A Bite of China- hot and peppery taste and Sichuan Cuisine

2012-10-11 | China Food | Comments(1) |   Views:(5819)

 
In China, "flavor" is considered the soul of the cuisines. Each seasoning master can transform diverse raw and processed materials, seasonings, and cooking ways into a very different yummy flavor, salty, sweet, hot, sour, fresh, and kinds of combined flavors…. Among the traditional five flavors (sweet, sour, bitter, pungent and salty), sour is the kind which can both promote digestion and enhance appetite. However, another flavor, hot, which also enhances people’s appetite and often appeared with sour in Chinese menus, is the flavor loved by many people and adheres specifically to Sichuan Cuisine, the best known cuisine of the eight famous Chinese cuisines.

When 3 plus 7 equals 8? – When 2012 China's Mid-autumn Festival meets the National Day!

2012-09-29 | Cultures | Comments(0) |   Views:(841)

If you ask a Chinese student when 3 plus 7 will equal 8, he will most likely give you a funny answer with a sort of helpless expression: when the upcoming Mid-Autumn Festival meets the National Day Golden Week. If you are interested, let me explain to you. 
 

A Bite of China – Dried Orange Peel and Bitter Flavour

2012-09-27 | China Food | Comments(2) |   Views:(2725)

Among all flavor sensations, bitter is the one that naturally tends to be bad for us. Our taste buds for perceiving bitter flavors are hidden in the tongue root, though, they are extremely sensitive. However, Chinese seem to be particularly good at enjoying and tolerating bitter flavors. They seem to have developed the ability to appreciate both the bitter of life and foods in their struggle for a better life. Because they believe, there are richer flavor sensations hidden behind bitter. The usage of bitter not only exists in food material, but also in various seasonings, for instance, dried orange peel (Chinese: 陈皮, Chenpi).

One bygone of my ZhiQing life in the countryside- My room-mate in the People’s Commune: Part II

2012-09-25 | Cultures | Comments(0) |   Views:(785)

 
Normally we could enjoy a little bit of leisure after harvesting of the second crop of rice. But the winter of 1973 was busy, especially in our ZhiQing spot. Because a big group of high school graduates were sent to our commune. That day, we were happy to welcome ten more new ZhiQing to our spot. Yes life was boring here. We always hoped something new would happen to us. The old house seemed too small for us. So the Commune decided to build another one- a new ZhiQing spot to us. Of course, the commune had no money for that, everything was paid by the central government. For this campaign was considered as a very important part of the Culture Revolution, a strategy of anti-capitalism.

One bygone of my ZhiQing life in the countryside- My room-mate in the People's Commune: Part I

2012-09-20 | Cultures | Comments(0) |   Views:(581)

 
I started my independent life just overnight, the year I was 16. Before that I had never left my parents for a remote place. The first night when I slept on bed in the village, my ear was still with the sound of drums. It was from the farewell ceremony of school. It was a long way from school to the commune by truck, and from the commune to the village on foot. But there was a further way in front of me. The more I thought: "is this the place will I stay for life time". I was awake almost for the whole night.

Religious Pilgrimage to Hengshan Mountain in Hunan

2012-09-17 | China travel Guide | Comments(0) |   Views:(780)

Hengshan Mountain in Hunan, often called Nanyue (Southern Mountain) and Longevity Mountain, is one of the most famous Five Great Mountains of China (Mt. Taishan in Shandong Province, Mt. Huashan in Shaanxi Province, Mt. Hengshan in Shanxi Province, Mt. Hengshan in Hunan Province and Mt. Songshan in Henan Province). Among the five mountains, Mount Hengshan in Hunan is said to be the most graceful one with green foliage and blossoms all the year around.

A Bite of China – Sugar and Sweet Flavour

2012-09-14 | China Food | Comments(0) |   Views:(835)

Whether in Chinese cuisines or in Chinese language, the Chinese character "味", or flavor in English, is magic and all-inclusive. In Chinese culture, the definition or perception of flavor not only derives from food, but transcends food. That is to say, the real way to understand flavor is more than our tongues and noses. With our hearts, we Chinese can know more about "味". Generally speaking, there are quite a few flavors in cuisines, including, sweetness, sourness, bitterness, hotness, spiciness, saltiness, and freshness.