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Eating & Drinking in China

Forget the bland buffets of vegetables stewing in oyster sauce you might know at home, China's cuisine is as varied as its landscape. Each city has its own specialties and styles: Sichuan for hot and spicy food imbued with the red chili pepper, Shanghai for sweeter flavors and famous dumplings and, of course, Hong Kong for the famed dim sum. Find out where and what to eat during your visit to China.
  1. Chinese Cuisine: Dining Out
  2. Chinese Dining Customs
  3. Sichuan Food and Dining
  4. Where to Eat in Beijing
  5. Where to Eat in Shanghai

Watching Sports in China
Watching Sports in China

Eating & Staying at the Pig's Inn in Xidi Village, Anhui Province
A profile of The Pig's Inn, Xidi Village, Anhui Province

Eating Lanzhou Beef Noodle Soup
How and where to eat Lanzhou Beef Noodle Soup

A Review of Le Sheng Shanghai Restaurant's Afternoon Tea
A review of Le Sheng Shanghai Restaurant's Afternoon Tea

A Guide to the Table Setting at a Chinese Restaurant
A Guide to the Table Setting at a Chinese Restaurant

Eating Shark's Fin Soup in China
Eating Shark's Fin Soup in China

Myths and Misconceptions about Food & Eating in China
Myths and Misconceptions about Food and Eating in China - a discussion

Profile of Tu Qiao Shou Zhang Ji Sichuan Restaurant outside Chengdu
Profile of Tu Qiao Shou Zhang Ji Sichuan Restaurant outside Chengdu

Buying Organic Food in China
Buying Organic Food in China

Chinese Alcohols - Profiles and photos of Chinese Beers, Wines and Spirits
An introduction to Chinese beers

Guide to Visiting a Tea Village in Hangzhou
Guide to visiting a tea village in Hangzhou

Eating Bejing Duck at Xindalu Restaurant in Shanghai
Photos of eating roast Beijing (Peking) Duck at Xindalu Restaurant at Hyatt on the Bund in Shanghai

Photos of the Weekly Friday Muslim Street Market in Shanghai
Photos of the Muslim street market in Shanghai

How to Eat Dim Sum in Hong Kong
How to Eat Dim Sum in Hong Kong

Lotus Pavilion Restaurant in Suzhou
A profile of the Lotus Pavilion Restaurant inside the Garden Hotel, Suzhou, China.

Shunxing Ancient Teahouse in Chengdu
A profile of Shunxing Ancient Teahouse in Chengdu.

Sichuan Specialties - What to Order in a Sichuan Restaurant
Here's a short list of some Sichuan specialties within Sichuan cuisine. It should help you decide what to order in a Sichuan restaurant.

Preparing and Drinking Chinese Tea
Part of Chinese culture for as long as there has been a Chinese culture – that’s over 5,000 years – drinking tea is an essential part of experiencing China. Traditionally, Chinese tea is served in several steps using small teapots and tiny cups. While artistic and stylized, drinking Chinese tea is an enjoyable pastime and good way to break up a day filled with sightseeing.

Made in China Restaurant Review - Best Peking Duck in Beijing
Review of Made in China, contemporary Chinese cuisine in the Grand Hyatt Hotel, Beijing, China.

Song Helou Restaurant in Suzhou
A profile of the famous and old Song Helou Restaurant in Suzhou, China.

Water and Food Safety in China
What you need to know about drinking water and eating prepared food and street snacks in China.

Din Tai Fung Restaurant: In Search of the Perfect Dumpling
Din Tai Fung is originally a Taiwanese restaurant but has outlets across Asia, including Shanghai and Beijing, and also in California. Read the review of Din Tai Fung's Xin Tian Di outlet in Shanghai and you'll be ready to plan your trip just to get a taste of their dumplings.

Fu 1039: Authentic Shanghainese Food in a Restored 1930s Villa
Down a lane and through a garden, Fu 1039 offers the visitor a taste of authentic Shanghai cuisine as well as a peek into what it must have been like to eat it in the 1930s. Eating food surrounded by history is a treat and the dishes don't disappoint at Fu 1039.

Outdoor Dining Spots in Shanghai
Shanghai has a number of outdoor dining spots to choose from. Find out the best choices for terrace dining from casual brunch to drinks overlooking the Huang Pu river on the Bund.

Emperor Qianlong and Longjing Green Tea
Legends abound about Longjing Green Tea making up the history of the famous tea.

Should You Eat Shark's Fin Soup?
It's a great question, answered aptly by our Guide to Hong Kong.

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