China

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China is almost as large as the whole of Europe. It consists of 22 provinces and it is the world’s most populous country.

Detian Waterfall, Nanning, Guangxi
Detian Waterfall, Nanning, Guangxi

Scenery. From nearly impenetrable mountains to one of the lowest places on earth, from extremely dry in the northwest to tropical monsoon in the southwest, China has the greatest contrast in temperature between its northern and southern borders of any country in the world. It is home to the world’s widest array of flora and fauna.

History. One of China’s greatest treasures is her long, rich history of more than 4000 years. To feel and sense the depth of her history visit the 4 historical ancient capitals: Xi’an, Luoyang, Nanjing, and Beijing.

Great Wall of China
Great Wall

Culture. Chinese culture is home to one of the world’s oldest and most complex civilizations, with customs and traditions varying greatly in different regions. There are 55 ethnic minority groups in China, located primarily in the southwest and northern parts of China.

Food. Chinese cuisine represents one of the richest and most diverse culinary heritage in the world. It varies according to the different regions and ethnic groups in China.

  • Northern china food is simple but salty, less vegetables with wheat as its main ingredient (noodles, dumplings).
  • Eastern china food is generally sweet and light in flavors.
  • Central china food is hot and spicy. Western china food is halal.
  • Southern china food is sour and spicy hot.
Yunnan Peacock Feast
Peacock Feast

Tips:

In Chinese culture, cold beverages are believed to be harmful to the digestion of warm and greasy food. So cold water is traditionally not served with food. Instead of a hot tea or hot water are served. You can request for a glass of ice, if available, to add to your water.

And during winter most small restaurant do not have cold beers – that’s because they turn off their refrigerator for drinks.

Enjoy 😊 …

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