Enjoying Yourself: The Nightlife of Hong Kong

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Hong Kong provides a vibrant nightlife. Do not fight the temptation to join the party. Things to do: take a luxury night cruise over Victoria Harbor; visit pubs, bars, nightclubs; or stroll in the bubbling streets with the locals. Don’t just sit back and watch.

Night Tour

Do you fancy touring by night on land and over water? We recommend Lei Yue Mun Seafood Village Dinner Cruise. Begin this wonderful 5-hour trip at dusk with the flag lowering ceremony at the Golden Bauhinia Square (if time permitted). A stopover at seafood bazaar at Lei Yue Mun Seafood Village will follow. You get to see Hong Kong on the runway of the old Kai Tak airport and shop in the Temple Street Open Market after the seafood banquet.

Star Ferry’s Harbor Tour with A Symphony of Lights, Pearl of the Orient Dinner Cruise, and Tsing Ma Night Cruise offer memorable sights as well. Land stroll is a most breathtaking one: a cable ride to the Victoria Peak, where you get spectacular views.

Bars and Pubs

Most bars and pubs are mass in east Tsim Sha Tsui, Lan Kwai Fong and Wan Chai. The gem is Lan Kwai Fong, which has become the icon of nightlife. A bustling array of restaurants, eateries, pubs and bars makes up the Hong Kong’s trendiest nightlife area. Beer, alcohol and wine from a myriad of countries could be enjoyed here accompanied by chess, dart and music band. Locals come here for relaxing and socializing while visitors sample the unique and delightful nightlife of the city.

We recommend some bars for appreciating the night view of Victoria Bay, which are Felix at the 28/F of Peninsula Hotel and Sky Lounge in Sheraton Hotels.

Nightclubs

Nightclubs come in two flavors: western or Chinese. Western nightclub or cabarets cater to foreigners and visitors. Chinese nightclubs are adapted versions for the Chinese. The entertainment and dining package is suitable for both business and family occasions. Performance includes singing, acrobat, folk dances and Cantonese Opera.

Disco

Discos are popular among young people with its trendy designs, lights and music. They are in big hotels around Tsim Sha Tsui, Wan Chai and Central.

Kara OK

Kara OK bars have mushroomed. Besides dining and drinks, entertainers are there to make guests feel at ease.

Cinemas

Hong Kong is the world’s third largest film producer. More than 100 cinemas screen the latest films from the world. Watching films in cinemas like JP Causeway Bay is an ideal choice for relaxation after dining and shopping.

UA Times Square

Address: G/F, Times Square, 1 Matheson Street, Causeway Bay

Chinachem

Address: 77, Mody Road, East Tsim Sha Tsui

Tsim Sha Tsui is an exhilarating night park with dazzling neon lights and bustling people. You can choose to dine or watch film here followed by roaming and shopping.It would be a relaxed but an unforgettable time!

Hong Kong’s film, nightclub, bars and pubs, music and drama and all other events have merged into the sumptuous banquet of the city’s nightlife. Jump into the rush and experience the dynamic charm of this Oriental Pearl!

Shopping in Hong Kong

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Hong Kong, as a free port, showcases commodities from all over the world without tariff and usually accompanied by seasonal sales. This long known Shopping Paradise sates every taste and budget.

Hot Areas

Shopping areas are roughly divided into Hong Kong Island and Kowloon. The highlights are Central, North Point, Admiralty and Causeway Bay in Hong Kong Island and Tsim Sha Tsui, Yau Ma Tei, Jordan and Mong Kok in Kowloon together with Sheung Wan, an epitome of the city’s unique culture. Besides the plethora of commodities, tourists also enjoy courteous and professional service at reasonable prices.

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Malls and department stores are widely distributed in all districts of Hong Kong. They are usually very accessible, with relaxing atmospheres dotted with cafes and wide-variety of restaurants. All the world’s designer counters and signature brands could be found here from dresses, leather wares, watches to jewelries. Grand fashion shows are hosted during season change to impress tourists with the latest trends and styles. Here we recommend some popular ones for your reference.

IFC Mall

Address: 8, Finance Street, Central

Opening hours: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Transportation: Hong Kong Station, MTR or Airport Express, Exit A or E1

Pacific Place

Address: 88, Queensway, Admiralty

Opening hours: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Transportation: Admiralty MTR Exit F

SOGO (Causeway Bay Branch)

Address: 555, Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay

Opening hours: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Transportation: Causeway Bay MTR Exit D

Times Square

Address: 1, Matheson Street, Causeway Bay

Opening hours: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Transportation: Causeway Bay MTR Exit A

Harbour City

Address: Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon

Opening hours: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Transportation: Tsim Sha Tsui MTR Exit A1 and walk along Haiphong Road for five minutes, or take Star Ferry from Central or Wan Chai to Tsim Sha Tsui

Wing On Department Stores (Jordan Store)

Address: Wing On Kowloon Centre, 345, Nathan Road, Jordan, Kowloon

Opening hours: 10:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Transportation: Jordan MTR Exit A

Commodities in Central are slap-up as well as its accompanying prices. The locals usually frequent areas in Causeway Bay and Tsim Sha Tsui. In Yau Ma Tei and Mong Kok prices of most commodities go down with the quality.

Visa, Master Express, JCB and other known major credit cards are acceptable in most stores while bargaining is limited to small stores, markets and fairs.

Street-side stands have become an unforgettable scenario in Hong Kong. Clothes and specific items are gathered and bargained in Central, as well as in Ladies Street, Temple Street night market, and Jade market in Yau Ma Tei.

Shops of identical category are usually clustered in a per-street-basis in Hong Kong. Nathan Road in Kowloon is for gold; Sai Yeung Choi Street in Mong Kok is for audio and video equipments; and Hollywood Road is famous for its antique stores.
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Ladies Street, the most famous shopping area in Mong Kok, is a must for most tourists. Clothes, clothing accessories, and leather wares are inexpensive but always trendy. The highlight starts at dusk until around 10 o’clock in the evening if the weather permits. Stores and stands at back streets must not be forgotten either where cheaper pairs of shoes and CDs could be sought out. Colorful shops and endless dai pai dongs will be great fun for those who want to taste and relive the experience of old Hong Kong.

Distribution

The following specialty items are well distributed in corresponding suggested places all around the city:

Computers and Accessories: Sham Shui Po, Wan Chai, Causeway Bay and Mong Kok

Dresses and Leather Wares: Mong Kok, Jordan, Causeway Bay, Central, Tsim Sha Tsui

Makeup: Tsim Sha Tsui, Causeway Bay and Mong Kok

Dried Seafood: Des Voeux Road West, Sheung Wan

Gold and Silverwares: Nathan Road in Mong Kok, Queen’s Road Central in Central, King’s Road in North Point

Hardware: Mong Kok, Canton Road

Household Appliances: Mong Kok, Causeway Bay

Household Products: Causeway Bay, Admiralty, Central, Tsim Sha Tsui, Yau Ma Tai, Mong Kok

Sports Goods & Fashion Accessories: Mong Kok

Stamps: Mong Kok

Watches and Cameras: Mong Kok, Causeway Bay

Tips

1. Bargaining can be fun in small shops and market stalls. As the Chinese saying goes, ‘Compare three shops before buying’, and remember to drop by different shops to check the average prices first, or call the Consumer Council for suggested retail prices or for any other concerns.

2. We suggest you know more about the articles you want, including model, features, prices and accessories and the regional coverage of the warranty before you make a decision to buy it.

3. Please inspect products before paying and ensure you have all the accessories that should be included.

4. Keep your receipts.

5. Most restaurants accept credit cards. We suggest customers keep the records. Some credit cards companies or banks may charge a currency-exchanging fee for overseas purchases. Please check before use.

The Beautiful Lijiang

Lijiang, a popular destination in Yunnan, is considered a fairyland blessed with fresh air, clear streams, breathtaking snow mountains and an undisturbed landscape inhabited by a friendly group of people. It is great to enjoy a quiet and pleasant holiday in its Old Town which is graced by well preserved ancient buildings and the Naxi culture.
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While the geographical position of Lijiang City is remote, it has the advantage of ensuring a pleasant year round climate and a wide variety of tourist resources in the 20,600 square kilometers area. The earliest recorded history of the city can be traced back to the Warring States Period (476 BC-221 BC) but with the advent of the Tang Dynasty (618-907), the local economy reached a peak with the development of the Ancient Tea-Horse Road which made a great contribution to both commercial and cultural communication between Tibet, Sichuan and Yunnan provinces.

At present, Lijiang City is an attractive tourist destination in Yunnan Province that exercises jurisdiction over four counties and an Old Town District. This is the main region inhabited by Naxi Group, one of China’s 55 minority ethnic groups. In its long history, the local residents have established their splendid Dongba Culture which has absorbed aspects of the culture of Tibet and the Central Plains along the middle and lower reaches of the Yellow River. The various souvenirs marked with these Dongba hieroglyphs are very popular with visitors from home and abroad.
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The city has the best preserved ancient town in China – the Lijiang Old Town which has been listed in the World Cultural Heritages by UNESCO in 1997. The Old Town was once the center of the city and continues to maintain the original flavor of the local lifestyle, the typical groups of buildings and the profound cultural heritage of the region. When wandering along Square Street or any other streets in the Old Town, you will be struck by the peaceful surroundings. From enjoying the sight of the setting sun from historic hotels to local farmsteads, there are many favorable things here for visitors. Naturally, there are a number of destinations to enhance your visit as well. Among them, the most famous is Mufu (Mu’s Palace) which should not be missed.

Around the city, there are also a number of splendid natural beauty spots that will certainly astonish you. If you like to see superlative natural scenery, Jade Dragon Snow Mountain which provides a majestic backdrop to the Moon-Embracing Pavilion at Black Dragon Pond will fulfill your desire. For those seeking an exotic experience, a visit to the Mosuo People beside Lugu Lake is a must. They are called the last ‘Kingdom of Women’ on earth. If you would like to experience the local lifestyle, then come and participate in one or more of their various festivals that are held throughout the year.

Lijiang does not have a direct rail link and is reached by visitors by air or by coach. However, once arriving, visiting round and about is easy with the help of the city buses, taxis or for the more energetic by bicycle. However, please don’t forget to save some time to talk a walk there. Along your way, you must visit some of the souvenir shops and taste some local dishes and snacks. At night, the famous bar street in the Old Town is really worth a visit. No matter where you go, you will find a harmonious combination of tradition and fashion in the city.

Guiyang Festivals

Guizhou is a place highlighted for its numerous ethnic minority festivals. Guiyang, as the capital city of Guizhou Province, is an assembly point for the multi-ethnic people. The Buyi and the Miao have the largest population of all. During the festivals, local people put on their gala clothes, which are very beautiful and each have their own characteristics.
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Festivals of the Buyi Group

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Time: the third day of the lunar March

It is one of the traditional festivals of the Buyi people, which was originally related to agricultural production. It is said that the cutworms are going to destroy the crop every spring. In order to protect their harvest, the Buyi people will spray some fried corn in the farmland to feed these pests. What’s more, the locals will sing and dance outdoors while eating the fried corn. Nowadays, the festival seems juts to be a singing feast for the Buyi people. On that day, the Buyi people in Guiyang are going to gather together in the Xinbao Township, Wudang District of Guiyang City.
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Liu Yue Liu

Time: the sixth day of the lunar June

This festival is an important day for Buyi people to worship the cook’s god and the mountain god. The Buyi people living in or around Guiyang City will wear their holiday array and come to the Huxi Lake in the Huaxi Town of the Guiyang City. There, a series of celebrations are held, such as singing and dancing performances as well as playing of their musical instruments. The young males and females will take this opportunity to express love for their beloved ones.

Di Xi

Time: the fifteenth day of the lunar January

It is a form of local drama, held at Huaxi by Buyi people and other minority groups. The performers put on masks and costumes and engage in dancing and singing. Generally the performance tells a story of a battle or the loyalty between friends of ancient times.
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Festivals of the Miao Group

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Time: the eighth day of the lunar April

On this day, large numbers of Miao people put on their beautiful costumes and congregate in the central area of the city  to celebrate this great festival by playing the Lusheng and flute, singing antiphonal songs and dancing. It is said that this festival is for the Miao people to pay homepage to their heroes. Currently, it is a public carnival for the Han and the other ethnic minorities inhabiting in Guiyang. So, this day is the best time to enjoy the various kinds of national cultures at the same time.

Hong Kong Dining

Welcome to the prominent culinary capital of Asia: Hong Kong. Here you can sample not only famous Chinese delicacies, such as Cantonese, Sichuan and Hunan dishes, but also food from France, Italy, Germany, Portugal, Mexico, America etc. So gourmets, be prepared!

Cantonese Dishes
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Locals expertise in Cantonese cuisine, which is one of the eight major cuisines of China. Its ingredients: refined and rare. Its taste: tender and fresh. For example, Roast Suckling Pig, is a famed Cantonese dish of tender meat with golden and crispy exterior and a dense aroma. So mouthwatering!

Seafood
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Hong Kong, waterlogged by the South China Sea, is rich in marine food. Therefore, local cooking features seafood prominently. Do venture out to the outlying islands, such as Lamma Island and Sai Kung, and stopover at the Jumbo Kingdom. Jumbo is an icon and theme park at sea on Shum Wan Pier Drive, Wong Chuk Hang, and Aberdeen. When you place an order, do try Stir-fired Crab with garlic, green onion, red pepper, etc. It’s famous enough to be offered in all Cantonese restaurants menus.

Tingzai Porridge
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People in Hong Kong add some very fresh ingredients to the rice porridge they cook. For instance, Tingzai Porridge is a kind of rice porridge with pork, peanut, squid, fish slice and so on. ‘Tingzai’ means ‘small boat’. It’s said that Tingzai Porridge was sold by the fishermen in Sheung Shui of the city in the past. It is so popular that some big restaurants also offer it.

Soup
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People make Hong Kong-style soup, which is clear, tender, tasty, and nutritious. Really, a bowl of soup daily is good for your health. Many housewives know how to make a bowl of superb soup for their husbands and children. The soup ingredients are mostly fish or chicken. It takes about three to four hours to cook soup by slow fire.

Yam Cha
A guide to common yum cha dishes.
People in Hong Kong regularly Yam Cha (tea and dim sum). There, the tea places can prove that point very well. They offer tea, coffee, dim sum and quick meals, and many office workers often have breakfast or lunch there. Local people take the habit, after the British, of drinking afternoon tea from 15:00 to 16:00.

Dessert
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Hong Kong people have a sweet tooth. There are many types of desserts, such as Black Sticky Rice with Mango and Coconut Milk, Mango Pancake and Mango Pudding. The dessert shop Hui Lau Shan, which is a local chain shop, provides good desserts. They are inviting you to their table.

Snacks
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Traditional Hong Kong snacks include Wonton Noodles, Fish Ball Noodles and Tingzai Porridge already mentioned. Wonton Noodles are just like its name – a combination of wonton and noodles. Fish Ball Noodles are made with rice noodle, fish, beef and the like.

Poon Choi
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Fresh from tasting traditional local snacks, you may continue on to sample some Poon Choi. It is a series of traditional dishes, especially popular in New Territories. Poon Choi can be cooked with different ingredients. For instance, you can find a Poon Choi dish using squid, pork, duck or fish as the main ingredient. Usually, the cooked ingredients of Poon Choi are put in a wooden, steel basin or a clay pot.

In a word, Hong Kong’s delicacies and restaurants know no bounds. Moreover, local Tourism Board holds Best of the Best Culinary Awards (BOB) annually. Many skilled cooks join this competition and finally the winners will be selected amongst them. In the city, Causeway Bay, Kowloon City, SoHo, Lamma Island and Lan Kwai Fong are all well-known gourmet areas. If you have a good appetite, you can get around these areas. It’s believed that the mere fact of the city’s catering would make you love it.

Tips:

1. In order to better serve the interests of customers, Hong Kong Tourism Board recommends some qualified restaurants which are rated by the public and guaranteed to meet the following standards: Provide tasty food with clearly marked prices; Display clear food menus; Ensure good customer service with well trained and knowledgeable front-line staff. This kind of restaurants displays a sign with the wording: ‘A Quality Restaurant recognized by the Hong Kong Tourism Board’.2. Most restaurants in the city accept reservations. Chinese tea houses and famous western style restaurants have no vacant seats during lunch time (1 p.m. to 2 p.m.), at night and on weekends, so it is a good idea to make reservations.

3. According to Hong Kong Law, the restaurants with over 200 seats should provide smoke-free sections. Gradually, more and more small ones also offer smoke-free sections and some ban smoking completely. If you are a non smoker, you can ask for the seats in smoke-free section.

4. Most restaurants accept credit cards. We suggest customers keep the receipts for records. Some credit cards companies or banks may surcharge for overseas purchases, so please check before use.

5. Most of the restaurants in the city will automatically charge 10% service fee in the bill.

6. Casual wear is commonplace in most restaurants. For some top-ends, you should check their dress code when you make a reservation.

7. In restaurants, food comes in one of three (big, ordinary and small) quantities, differentiated by the size of plates. For spicy dishes, you can tell the waiters how spicy you want – very spicy, spicy or lightly spicy.

8. If there is a dispute, you only need to keep the receipt and ask for help through phoning 29292222.

Guangzhou Dining : What to Eat

‘Except the plane and the stool, Guangzhou people eat everything in the sky and on the earth.’ From this common saying, we can get some idea of the variety of Guangzhou’s delicacies.

Cantonese Cuisine
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Guangzhou delicacies are the main representatives of Yue Cai (Cantonese Cuisine), which also includes Chaozhou dishes and Dongjiang dishes and enjoys great popularity all over the country. This kind of cuisine uses a wide range of ingredients from the sky, the earth, and the water. They also use seasonings sparingly. Compared with other Chinese cuisines, these local dishes use few thick spicy dressings in order to keep from masking the original taste of the food.

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The most famous dishes of this cuisine are Roast Suckling Pig (Kao Ru Zhu), Dragon Fighting against the Tiger (Long Hu Dou) – stewed snake and wild cat, Taiye Chicken (Taiye Ji) and Stewed Wild Dog Meat.

Foreigners say ‘All delicious food is in Guangzhou’. The local people say, ‘delicacies are at Xiguan of the city’. Xiguan preserves lots of famous traditional snacks. The most lively and popular place is definitely the Shangxia Jiu Lu.

Snacks

Cantonese dim sum ranks the best in the whole country. Exquisitely made dim sums attract your eyes and stomach. Panxi Restaurant (Panxi Jiujia) creates 1,000 kinds of dim sums. Among the various choices of dim sums, you may choose the most typical ones: Shrimp Dumpling, Steamed Shaomai, Steamed Vermicelli Roll and so on.
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Shuang Pi Nai (Double-Skin Milk): Nanxin Shuang Pi Nai is the specialty of Nanxin Milk Store on the Xia Jiu Lu. Simmered milk has a frozen cover made of the mixture of egg white and milk, Hence the name Double-Skin Milk. When finished, this food appears to be pure white and semisolid. It tastes soft and sweet. And most importantly, it has much nutritional value, good for your health.
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Jidi Zhou (Jidi Porridge): Jidi Zhou served in the Wuzhan Ji Restaurant is the most famous of all. It has been a noted snack bar since the early 1900s.

Liuhua Porridge City: inside the Liuhua Park, Liuhua Lu
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Yuntun Mian (Wonton Noodle): Go to Shangxia Jiu Lu, Xihua Lu and Renmin Lu. You will find many eateries that serve Wonton Noodles. Cantonese like to have the delicious Yuntun Miao for breakfast.
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Chang Fen (Steamed Vermicelli Roll): This featured snack is popular among local people. It is now a must-serve in nearly all teahouses and night markets.
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Guiling Gao: Being afraid of suffering from excessive internal heat, Cantonese love to have Guiling Gao. That is a kind of brown jelly that holds the shape of the vessel. It is said the Guiling Gao can clear internal heat. The bitterer, the better.
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Fruits: fruits are not in short supply in the city. Litchi, mangos, bananas, carambola, longans and pineapples come into the market in season.

Local Specialties
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Herbal Tea-Drinking is a longtime habit for local people. Herbal tea can eliminate summer heat from the human body and cure the sore throats caused by winter dryness. Wang Laoji Herbal Tea is the most famous local tea.

The local people like tea-drinking, especially in the morning. Teahouses are all filled up before 11:00 in the morning.
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Gongfu Cha (Gongfu Tea): Cantonese drink Gongfu Tea for enjoyment in their leisure time. It was popular in the Chaozhou and Shantou areas, and now has spread in Guangzhou. Serving Guangfu Tea requires strict attention to the teapot, tea leaves, the water quality and even how to make the tea, how to pour and how to drink the tea. The teapot in use is as small as a fist and the teacup as small as half a Pingpong ball. Give it a try!
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Tangshui literarily means Sweet Water, but actually it is somewhat like a soft drink with the ingredients being fruits and vegetables. The local people are partial to Tangshui. They regard it as nutritious food. ‘Boiled’ Tangshui is a hot drink and the ‘frozen’ one is the soft drink. The most popular Tangshui store is the Taiping Guan Icehouse on Beijing Lu.
Midnight Snack
Yexiao (Midnight Snack) is one of the local population’s customs. It is usually taken after 10 p.m.; hence the name Midnight Snack. Some people like to cook the meal themselves; others invite a few friends to have Yexiao at a teahouse. Nearly every teahouse serves Midnight Snacks.

Dining in Nanning

Nanning cuisine shares many similarities with that of Cantonese cuisine. It is particular about the freshness, tenderness and the nourishment of the dishes. Most tourists are much fonder of the special snacks, which are also popular among the locals. Hereunder is the introduction of some of the special local snacks for your convenience.

Lao You Fen (Old Friend Rice Noodles)
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Fen is made by steaming the rice liquor in bamboo boxes. The steamed liquor then becomes a whole cake and can be cut into different shapes. Fen can be eaten with different ingredients, resulting in many varieties of Fen food.

Lao You Fen is the most famous Fen dish and has over 100 years of history. Legend has it that an old man went to Zhou Ji Teahouse everyday and made friends with the Boss Zhou. One day he was not able to go because of a cold. Boss Zhou made a bowl of hot Fen especially for his old friend. That Fen dish had so many flavors including garlic, fermented bean, pepper, beef and sour bamboo shoots that it helped the old man recover quickly. From then on, Lao You Fen became popular for its multi-flavors and cold-busting abilities.

Ba Zhen Fen (Eight Treasures Rice Noodles)
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This is another Fen food worthy of a taste. It is said to be the imperial food in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). More than eight treasures from land and sea are used as the Fen’s ingredients creating a variety of tastes, hence its name.

Shao Ya (Roasted Duck)
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Most tourists in China may be more familiar with Beijing Roast Duck which is the quintessential symbol of all northern China duck dishes. Actually Nanning Roasted Duck is representative of all southern China duck dishes. Different from Beijing ducks, Nanning roast ducks are made of local fatty ducks and special ingredients. The duck meat is still together with bones and skin, appearing as a brightly golden color. The meat is amazingly tender and even the bones are more delicious than ever thought possible.

Suan Ye (Fermented Fruit or Vegetable)
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Nanning locals prefer sour food. Suan Ye has been popular for centuries. The locals soak some fruits such as pineapple, pawpaw, mango, olive and wild peach in a mixture of vinegar, pepper and sugar. Some use vegetables as materials such as tender cabbages, carrots, broccoli and lotus roots. The fermented fruit or vegetable tastes both sweet and sour as well as a little hot. This is also a good way to preserve food.

Additionally, Nanning has various kinds of porridges. Corn Porridge, Fish Head Porridge, Preserved Egg and Lean Pork Porridge, Glutinous Rice Porridge are some of the most popular ones. The locals eat such porridges all the year round. Mo Shang Porridge House is a traditional and the most renowned place to enjoy porridges. It is located on Ce Bian Jie out of Cang Xi City Wall.

Local Restaurants

Xiao Du Lai Cafeteria

Address: No.38, Min Sheng Lu (Minsheng Rd.)

Speciality: both the local and other dishes

Xi Yuan Restaurant

Address: No.38, Jiang Nan Lu (Jiangnan Rd.)

Speciality: Guangxi local food

Ming Yuan Restaurant

Address: No.38, Xin Min Lu (Xinmin Rd.)

Speciality: Cantonese Cuisine

Nanhu Fish Restaurant

Address: in Nanhu Lake Park, Bin Hu Lu (Binhu Rd.)

Speciality: fish dishes

Western Food Restaurants

Lv Yin Ge

No.61, Tao Yuan Lu (Taoyuan Rd.)

Jin Qin Steak

No.51, Tao Yuan Zhong Lu (middle Taoyuan Rd.)

Louis XIII

Yuanhu Branch: No. 7-1, South Yuanhu Road, Qingxiu District

Dongge Branch: No.5, Dongge Road, Qingxiu District

Fast Food

KFC

No. 49, Min Zu Da Dao (Minzu Avenue)

McDonald’s

No. 2-1, Gu Cheng Lu

Dining Streets

Zhongshan Lu (Zhongshan Rd.) is the very place where you can enjoy the most genuine local snacks. This location is where you can find many traditional restaurants providing all kinds of local flavors with reasonable prices. It is also the night market of the city. Other food streets include Qixing Rd., Gucheng Rd., Jianzheng Rd., Sixian Rd. and Xinzhu Rd.

Pingyao Travel

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In the central area of Shanxi Province lies an ancient county typical of rural counties in North China–simple and steeped in ancient tradition. What’s different is that this county is linked firmly to a certain prosperous time in Chinese history. It played quite an important role in the economic development of Shanxi during the Ming and Qing Dynasties.

Pingyao County is 94 kilometers (58.4 miles) southwest of Taiyuan. With an area of 1,260 square kilometers (486.5 square miles), it has five towns and nine villages under its prefecture. Unlike those cities or counties south of the Yangtze River, this small county was not endowed with charming natural scenery but with a group of accomplished businessmen. It was the birthplace of the Jin Businessmen, who were one of the two famous business groups during the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties. Owing to this, the first Chinese exchange shop was opened here. Then, for the next hundred years, the city was home to almost all of the large exchange shops in the country. To a certain degree, the city was to China during the eighteenth century what Wall Street is to the US, which not only helped promote the economic development of Shanxi, but also left us with a magnificent old city and a series of grand residences.
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Pingyao has now become quite a hot attraction site even though it is no longer economically prosperous. It boasts the famous Pingyao Old City which was included in the United Nations World Cultural Heritage in 1997. From the top of the grand City Wall, you have a bird’s-eye view of the Old City, a complete city built almost a thousand years ago. In the Ancient Ming and Qing Street, you can experience the town’s former glory while exploring the rows of residences and shops all constructed in the original architectural style.

As a popular tourist city, Pingyao has a great number of hotels in its not very large old city area. Many of the hotels are delicately constructed and decorated in a Ming and Qing style, comfortable and easy for visitors to appreciate the authentic flavor of old times. Yide Hotel is highly recommended when staying in this ancient city. It is situated in a quiet little alley just a few minutes’ walk from Nan Dajie, the main street of Pingyao Ancient City. It is a beautifully renovated courtyard house built in 1736 by a wealthy merchant during the reign of Emperor Qianlong. All rooms in Yide Hotel are well equipped with air conditioners, bathrooms and large kang-style beds. Besides Yide, Yunjincheng Folk Hotel and Tian Yuan Kui Guesthouse are also good choices.
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Today, the county’s economic and government center has gradually moved outside the Old City. A residential area and commercial buildings have sprung up around the Old City. Department stores, super markets, and other entertainment venues show this ancient county’s renewed vitality. While it does its best to keep its valuable old culture and heritage, the city continues to develop into a modern new county.

Hey, This is Hohhot !

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Hohhot, the capital of Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region in northern China, lies between Yinshan Mountain and the Yellow River. It is the most important city in Inner Mongolia and is home to 36 different ethnic groups. Notable among these are Mongolian, Han, Manchu, Hui, Tibetan, Dawoer, Elunchun, Ewenke and Korean. The city zone covers 17,224 square kilometers (6,650.19 square miles) with a population of 2.63 million. It administers 4 districts, 4 counties, 1 banner and 1 national level Economic and Technological Development Zone, including Yuquan District, Huimin District, Xincheng District, Saihan District, Tokto County, Horinger County, Qingshuihe County, Wuchuan County and Tolmud left Banner.  

Hohhot has a long history of over 2300 years. In the period of Warring States (476 BC – 221 BC), Zhaowuhou (340 BC – 295 BC) build the Ancient City. In Northern Wei period (386 – 557), Xianbei ethnic groups established a capital at Horinger County which was the first capital in the north grassland with the historical name of Shile. The city was renamed Fegzhou in Liao period (916 – 1125). In 1581 during Ming Dynasty (1368 – 1644), Tolmud leader Altan Khan constructed a city in Yuquan District, named Hohhot in Mongolian, and later renamed it to Guihua. In 1737 during Qing Dynasty (1644 – 1911), the government built Suiyuan city, a strong garrison town, at the northeast of Guihua, then united the two cites as one naming it Guisui. In 1954, the city became the capital of Inner Mongolia and resumed the name of Hohhot.

hohhot-(1)The city belongs to the temperate arid and semi arid continental monsoon climate with four distinct seasons. Significant temperature variations occur between day and night. The average annual temperature is 6 C (42.8 F). It is cold in winter with an average temperature of -10 C (14 F) and hot and rainy during summer with an average temperature of 15 C (59 F) to 26 C (79 F). The best time to pay a visit is from April to October, while the best time to go to the grassland is from middle July to early September as the weather is pleasant at that time.

The city brings together specialties from all over Inner Mongolia, ranging from Mongolian silverwares, carpets, cashmere, camel hair products, traditional knives, decorative deer antlers, narrow-leaved oleaster curtain, oatmeal and various dairy products to fancy Mongolian costumes. Mongolian folk songs and wrestling are popular entertainments while ethnic delicacies and the friendliness of the local people add to the enjoyment of a stay here. Visitors can enjoy a wide variety of activities including horse riding, or maybe visiting the home of a herdsman’s family or roaming over the vast grassland and of course there is the thrilling Nadam Fair.

HohhotHohhot is an ideal place to relax away from modern day pressure thanks to the magnificent natural beauty of the Gegentala and Xilamuren Grasslands as well as fantastic cultural sites such as the Dazhao Temple, Five-Pagoda Temple and the Xilituzhao Palace .

As a tourist resort, Hohhot has a modern reliable transport network. Hohhot Baita (White Pagoda) Airport serves 70 international and domestic routes. It has direct flights to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and other cities. Its Railway Station has direct train connections with Beijing, Hailar, Baotou, Xian, Lanzhou, Yinchuan, Shanghai, Nanjing, Ningbo, plus international trains to Ulan Bator and Moscow. Daily buses link the city with other major cities including Beijing, Tianjin, Taiyuan, Datong, and Baotou. City-bus and taxi are available in the city.

China Shandong

1080121_1005830__01_2013_11_Shandong_Province_LogoShandong Province is situated in the eastern part of China on the lower reaches of the Yellow River. It borders on the Bohai and Huanghai seas in the east, and overlooks the Korean Peninsula and the Japan Archipelago across a vast stretch of sea. The province has a total area of 156,000 square kilometers (about 60,235 square miles) and a total population of over 90 million.

  When to Go

The Province is frequently affected by marine monsoons, especially during the summer time. The climate is characterized by rain during the summer and autumn and a dry winter. The annual average temperature is between 11 and 14 degrees Centigrade while the annual precipitation is mostly affected by the monsoon rain. Between 500 millimeters and 1000 millimeters of rain can fall each year.

   History
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Shandong, with a history of more than 5,000 years, is considered one of the birthplaces of Chinese civilization. It has also been the home of a large number of historical figures, whose important influences are still evident in contemporary China. Confucianism, founded by Confucius, the great thinker, educator and statesman is the pillar of traditional Chinese culture and has exerted great influence in the world.

  What to See

The major historical sites in the Province are:

The inscriptions on clay pots unearthed at Dawenkou and Dinggongcun are believed to bear the earliest written language of the country.
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The ruins of ancient Longshan City which is considered the earliest city in the country.

Portions of the Great Wall built during the Qi State period which is believed to be the most ancient great wall in the country.
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The Confucius Temple, Confucius Mansion and Confucius Cemetery in Qufu.

Shandong is also blessed with beautiful landscapes. The most famous scenic spots are Mount Taishan, Mt. Laoshan and the seaside of the Jiaodong peninsula. In 1987 and 1994, Mount Taishan, the Temple and Cemetery of Confucius and the Confucius Mansion in Qufu were inscribed on the World Cultural and Natural Heritage List by UNESCO.

Jinan, its capital city, is one of China’s most famous historical and cultural cities. It has numerous natural springs, hence its name ‘Spring City’.
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Shandong Province is also considered the birthplace of China’s pottery, porcelain and silk. Throughout the province the tourist can find traditional items like the clocks and watches of Yantai, the porcelain of Zibo, the kites of Weifang, the shell-carving and beer of Qingdao.