China is a food paradise with various tasty dishes because Chinese people deeply love good food. The most famous eight cuisines in China are Shandong cuisines, Sichuan cuisine, Cantonese cuisine, Fujian cuisine, Jiangsu cuisine, Zhejiang cuisine, Hunan cuisine and Anhui cuisine. With different cooking methods and flavors, you can enjoy spicy, sweet, sour, or bitter food in China. You may also see some people eat some insects such as ants and scorpions and some snack, dogs, donkey meat.
Recently, there is a popular Chinese word-Chihuo (吃货) to describe people who are addicted to tasty food. In order to have delicious dishes, Chihuo treat seeking fine food or restaurants as a hobby. If you are a great food lover, you really should try some authentic local food in China. Here China Travel has selected popular tasty local food destinations for your cuisine trips in China. >> more details on Chinese food
Top Chinese Cuisine Destinations
Although Beijing offers numerous choices for tasty Chinese and western food, it is the most authentic place to have Beijing Roast Ducks and Instant-boiled Mutton Hot Pot (Shuan Yangrou in Chinese). Beijing styles snacks, traditional royal cuisine and local private dishes are the most popular dishes. To have a Beijing Roast Duck or some authentic Beijing dishes in a Siheyuan (traditional local house in Beijing) can experience an unforgettable and enjoyable travel there. Courtyard 7 Restaurant is one of the places to provide you with great memory.
Jing Mian Da Wang Restaurant, Pecking Duck Private Kitchen, Roasted Duck at Fangzhuang, and Ba Guo Bu Yi are popular restaurants in Beijing. China Travel can also arrange you to learn making dumplings in a local Siheyuan family. Sanlitun Bar Street and Houhai Bar Street are great places to enjoy a wonderful evening in Beijing. In addition, the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace are popular attractions to visit in Beijing. For more details on Beijing food and things to do in Beijing, please read Top things to do in Beijing
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Shanghai cuisine, also known as Hu cuisine or Benbangcai in Chinese, is Shanghai's local food combined with food flavors of Jiangsu and Zhejiang provinces more than 100 years ago. Due to Shanghai's advantageous location, it has a large number of fresh fish and seafood from the river and sea which are an important part of Shanghai cuisine. Totally, the flavor of Shanghai cuisine tends to be sweet.
Shanghai hairy crab, Shengjianbao, Xiaolongbao and Hongshao Rou are popular food in Shanghai. The Yuyuan Garden is not only a popular attraction in Shanghai, but also a great place to have some local Shanghai snacks such as Shenjianbao. Old Shanghai Restaurant, Home's Restaurant, Savish Restaurant, Din Tai Fung, Seagull Palace are great restaurants to have a meal. A lot of restaurants on Nanjing Road Pedestrian Street offer various local Shanghai snacks and dishes. And the Bund, the Oriental Pearl TV tower, Xintiandi and Zhujiajiao Water Town are great scenic spots to visit in Shanghai. See also: Top thing to do in Shanghai
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Jiangsu cuisine is one of 4 famous Han people's food and short as Su cuisine. Together with Zhejiang cuisine, it belongs to Jiangzhe cuisine, a general name of food in Zhejiang and Jiangsu Provinces. It is composed of Nanjing, Yangzhou, Suzhou, Huai'an, Xuzhou and Haizhou cuisines. And Nanjing, Yangzhou and Suzhou food are more popular among Jiangsu cuisine. Famous Yangchow Fried Rice is on behalf of Su cuisine.
Water Melon Chicken (Xiguaji in Chinese), Brine-Boiled Duck (Yanshuiya), Fireside Broth(Qingtang Huofang), Sweet and Sour Mandarin Fish (Songshu Guiyu), and Duck Wrapped in Shark Fins(Yabao Yuchi) are great Jiangsu dishes. In addition, Nanjing, Suzhou, Yangzhou have been famous since the ancient times. Ancient private Gardens and water towns such as Zhouzhuang and Tongli Water Towns are the charm of Jiangsu Provinces.
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- Take a 2-Day Suzhou's Exquisite Gardens Tour from USD $379
Local Shaanxi style snacks and traditional various dumplings and Bread with Beef or Mutton Soup are the most famous food in Xi'an. The food in Xi'an is a brand of Northwest Chinese food. Muslim's Quarter in Xi'an is a food paradise with all kinds of Muslim food in Xi'an. Bread with Beef or Mutton Soup, Mutton Pie, Mutton Dumplings and Beef Noodles are recommended to try in the Muslim's Quarter. Besides, a lot of local people head for a vivid nightlife in the evening. It is an absolutely wonderful place to have delicious Muslim food from morning to evening.
Popular restaurants in Xi'an are Yue Zhen Xuan Restaurant (Hanguang Branch)，the Awa Castle，Qianzhou Restaurant and A La Carte, etc. Travelers can see the marvelous Terracotta Warriors and Horses, and the Bell Tower, Drum Tower, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, and Tang Paradise in Xi'an. Besides, riding a bike along the Xi'an Ancient City Wall is a great travel experience which depends on your physical condition. >> Top things to do in Xian
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- Take a 3-Day Xi'an Historical Touch Tour from USD $279
Chengdu and Chongqing
Sichuan cuisine has been widely loved by people from all over the world and boasts its spicy and hot flavor. Because of damp weather, people in Sichuan Province and Chongqing need to eat some chilly food to keep health. Sichuan cuisine is divided into Yuxiang (fish flavor), mala(spicy and hot), and guaiwei (strange/exotic taste) flavors. Kung Pao Chicken, Twice Cooked Pork, Mapo Tofu, Fuqi Feipian, Spicy deep-fried chicken Water Cooked beef or fish and Bonbon Chicken are popular dishes among Sichuan cuisine. Dandan noodles, malatang, chili wontons are popular snacks in Sichuan Province and Chongqing.
As a part of Sichuan province in the past, Chongqing is another place to enjoy authentic Sichuan cuisine. Chongqing Hot Pot is one thing not to miss when visitors travel in Chongqing. Qinma Hot Pot, Qiqi Hot Pot and Dezhuang Hot Pot are good choices in Chongqing. When you travel in Chongqing , you can also visit Jiefangbei and Ciqikou Ancient Town, the Dazu Rock Carvings and Eling Park. Jiuzhaigou and Huanglong are top-ranking natural scenery in China, and you can also see unique Giant Pandas in its hometown in Sichuan Province.
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As one of Chinese Eight Famous Cuisines, it is highly praised by westerners. When the westerners refer to Chinese food, they usually mean Cantonese dishes. Cantonese cuisine is widely spread to the world such as American, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. The flavor of Cantonese food tastes lightly and freshly and trends to a stronger flavor in winter. Guangzhou is the hometown of Cantonese food, so it's a good opportunity to have some authentic Cantonese dishes.
As a major Chinese seaport of the Pearl River, Guangzhou offers fresh sea food which plays an important role in Cantonese cuisine. Dry-Fried Beef and Noodles, Steamed Frog on a Lotus Leaf, Barbecued Pork (Char Siu), White Cut Chicken, Sea Cucumber (Hoi Sam) and Cantonese Seafood Soup, and Cantonese Fried Rice are widely loved by people. Besides, White Clouds Mountain, Canton Tower, Shangxiajiu Walking Street and Night Cruise along the Pearl River are hot things to do in Guangzhou.
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Among Eight Chinese Cuisines in China, Fujian cuisine tastes lightly but flavorful, soft and tender. Fresh tasty is its major feature. Close to the East China Sea and South China Sea and, Fujian Province have a lot of fresh seafood to meet people's need. So sea food is an important part of Fujiang cuisine which is divided into 3 branches including Fuzhou, South Fujian and West Fujian style food. Buddha Jumps over the Wall is the most famous dish among the Fujian cuisine.
Other famous dishes are Oyster Omelette, Bak Kut Teh, Stuffed Fish Balls, Clams in Chicken Soup, and Five Colors Shrimp. Xiamen is a great place to enjoy Fujian food and enjoy a holiday on beaches and the sea. INDIANO JOHN's SAMRAT, La Bettola, and Portofino are good restaurants to have a meal in Xiamen. Gulangyu Island, Gulang Huandao Road, Xiamen Piano Museum, Xiamen University are popular attractions in the city.
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As one of Eight Famous Chinese cuisines, Zhejiang cuisine is famous for its mellow but not greasy tasty. It is divided into Hangzhou style, Shaoxing style and Ningbo style food. Hangzhou has both beautiful West Lake and delicious Zhejiang cuisine. Dragon Well Tea and Shaoxing Rice Wine are raw materials used into the Zhejiang cuisine including Fried Shrimps with Longjing Tea.
Dongpo Pork, Beggar's Chicken, and West Lake Brasenia Schreberi Soup are popular dishes among the Zhejiang cuisine. West Lake Vinegar Fish based on a folk legend is a popular traditional Zhejiang dish with a long history. You can have a cup of tea in Meijiawu Tea Plantation which is a large-scale tea plantation in Hangzhou. West Lake and Lingyin Temple are easily to reach in the Hangzhou City. Wuzhen Water Town and Xitang Water Town in Zhejiang Province are typical Jiangnan water towns which are made up of clear water, small bridge, and ancient houses to wander and photograph.
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- Take a 4-Day Glance at Hangzhou and Wuzhen Water Town from USD $439
Due to geographical location, Northeast Chinese cuisine is famous for a lot of different flavors in one dish. Three Delicacies on the Earth (Disanxian in Chinese), Braised Spare Ribs in Brown Sauce (Jianggujia), Stewed Chick with Mushroom (Xiaoji Dun Mogu), Braised Pork with Vermicelli (Zhurou Dun Fentiao), Candied Sweet Potatoes (Basi Digua) are famous northeast Chinese dishes. Harbin Food is a representative of Northeast Chinese cuisine.
Harbin Food is a mixture of Manchu cuisine, Shandong cuisine and exotic Russian food because there are a lot of immigrants from Russian and Shandong and Hubei Provinces. Dumplings with different fillings (Jiaozi in Chinese) are widely loved by local people in Harbin. Lao Du Yi Chu Dumpling Restaurant, Harbin Wu's Time-honored Restaurant, Da Feng Shou and Lao Shang Hao Casserole are fine restaurants in Harbin. And the Harbin Ice and Snow World and Harbin Ice and Snow Festival are great opportunities to enjoy Ice carving arts in winter.
Recommended Harbin Tours and Services:
- Take a 4-Day Harbin's Ice Wonderland Tour from USD $409
Food in Macau mixing Chinese food and Western food is divided into Portuguese food and local Macau food. Egg tarts are likely to be Macau's most popular Portuguese snack. Portuguese food in Macau has combined with authentic Portuguese, India, Malaysia food and Cantonese food. Famous Macau cuisine consists of Galinha à Africana (African chicken), Pato de Cabidela, Macanese Chili Shrimps, Minchi, Stir-fried Curry Crab and Papaya Salad.
L.B. SuperPollo, McPherson's Sweet Shoppe, Robuchon au Dome, IFT Educational Restaurant, Albergue 1601, O SANTOS - Comida Portuguesa Restaurant are well recommended restaurants in Macau. Ruins of St. Paul's Cathedral are the symbol of Macau. Historic Centre of Macau, Macao Museum, Casino at Venetian Macao, Largo do Senado (Senate Square) are hot attractions in Macau.
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Barley is the main crop in Tibet. So Tsampa made by roasted barley is the staple food in Tibetan life. People in Tibet mainly eat Yak, goat and mutton meat. Yak yoghurt, butter and cheese and well-prepared yoghurt are widely eaten in Tibetan daily life to keep them warm. Sha Balap, Momos, Phing Sha, Balep Korkunm, Tingmo, Gyurma, Tsam-thuk, Khapsey are the most popular dishes among Tibetan cuisine. Butter tea is a common drinking in Tibetan daily life, and some people also drink brick tea.
The Summit Cafe, Dunya Restaurant, Lhasa Namaste Resaurant, House of Shambhala Restaurant, Shangri La, Kyichu Restaurant in Lhasa are highly loved by visitors from the whole world. And popular destinations in Lhasa include Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery and Norbulingka.
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Yunnan cuisine, also called Dian cuisine tastes lightly sour and spicy. As a province with the largest number of ethnic minority groups in China, food in Yunnan is diverse in flavors. There are 25 ethnic minorities such as Bai, Dai, Mosuo, Hani, Naxi, Yi People except Han people. Food of local people is various and amazing. You can try some Rubing made by goat's milk which is eaten by Bai people in Dali City. You can also try Dai people's Pineapple Rice in Xishuangbanna.
Crossing Bridge Rice Noodles (Guoqiao Mixian in Chinese), Steam Pot Chicken (Qiguoji), Xuanwei ham, mushrooms are the most famous local dishes in Yunnan Province. Local ethnic minorities' food with a lot of choices are encouraged to try there. Lijiang, Kunming, Dali, Shangri-La are the popular destinations in Yunnan. Famous attractions in Yunnan Province consist of Lijiang Ancient Town, Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, Dali Ancient Town, Erhai Lake and the Stone Forest. You can not only have a food feast, but also enjoy a lot of natural beauties in Yunnan.
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