Slideshow: The Many Faces of China

Excited Little Guy

The arc of our travel experience is shaped by the people we meet. Even the most beautiful food and landscape need a human context. With that in mind, we offer a selection of faces - each with a story - that we will recall whenever we reflect on our travels in China.The following slideshow is our take on China's ethnic diversity. While these images represent … [Read more...]

Sichuan Cuisine

Málà - numbing and hot – that’s Sichuan cuisine. The wild Sichuan peppercorn (huājiāo), a little bit pink, a little more purple – really sets Sichuan cuisine apart. Take a bite of one and your mouth tingles as an addictive numbness makes its way to your lips. This is the má. Combine it with the characteristic hot blanket of chili peppers – the là – and you have … [Read more...]

Hot Pot Fever

Fixings for Hot Pot

Clinging to the theme of sweaty, shirtless men, we bring you our reflections on hot pot in China.Women, don’t be repulsed. Men, don’t toss your shirts just yet. … [Read more...]

Why Pandas Need Air Conditioning

In zoos all over the world, crowds battle to catch a peek of one of the world’s most recognizable and rarest animals, the giant panda. During our visit to the Chendgu Panda Breeding Research Center, tourists were so few that the pandas actually invited us to join them and granted us an interview. Here’s what Jing-Jing, their spokesperson, had to say: … [Read more...]

Chendgu: China Begins Here

Friendly people, delicious food, green parks, active temples - even pandas. Why Chendgu doesn’t get more coverage in the tourist press, we don’t know. It quickly became our favorite big city (population over 10 million) in China. Although Chengdu is not stocked with high-profile tourist sights like Beijing and Xi’an, to quote another tourist: “There’s something … [Read more...]

REAL Chinese Food: A Photo Essay

Once you get past the mounds of chili-marinated chicken feet and the rows of village dogmeat vendors, Chinese food in China is terrific.Regional Chinese cuisines and ethnic minority specialties deliver a diversity of flavors and texture. The vast array of peppers, spices and sauces ensure that taste buds rarely grow tired. … [Read more...]