You Won’t Believe This is a Traditional Chinese Breakfast: Southeastern Provinces

We’re collaborating with a new app- Spoonhunt– to bring you the best foodie finds in China. Start your day the Chinese way with these classic dishes that locals all over the Middle Kingdom tuck into at breakfast time. These are our top picks from the southeastern provinces.

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If you’re visiting China for the first time, you may not notice what Chinese people eat for breakfast. There’s no cereal, toast, or scrambled eggs, so what are locals lining up for at 7am?

Everything from temperature and humidity to taste palate and available ingredients, shape the first meal of the day in different regions across China. Here are a few to look out for on your journey through the Middle Kingdom.

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You Won’t Believe This is a Traditional Chinese Breakfast: Western Provinces

We’re collaborating with a new app- Spoonhunt– to bring you the best foodie finds in China. Start your day the Chinese way with these classic dishes that locals all over the Middle Kingdom tuck into at breakfast time. These are the top picks from the western provinces. 

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If you’re visiting China for the first time, you may not notice what Chinese people eat for breakfast. There’s no cereal, toast, or scrambled eggs, so what are locals lining up for at 7am?

Everything from temperature and humidity to taste palate and available ingredients, shape the first meal of the day in different regions across China. Here are a few to look out for on your journey through the Middle Kingdom.

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Best Books about China: Experience the Middle Kingdom Before You Even Land

Reading about China before you arrive is a great way to add an extra layer of depth to your trip and whet your appetite for the upcoming adventure. Here are five of the best books that will help prepare you for a journey to the Middle Kingdom.

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With a population of well over one billion people, five thousand years of history and seismic changes seemingly every other day, how do you even begin to get your head around modern China? Picking up a book is a good place to start.

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Book Spotlight: The Beautiful Country and the Middle Kingdom by John Pomfret

We travel because we love stories and one of the stories we love most is that between China and the United States. For sure, it has its challenges but what complicated relationship doesn’t?

John Promfret’s The Beautiful Country and the Middle Kingdom is the newest addition to our WildChina Reading List. The book tells the tangled tale between these two world superpowers and Pomfret, a former Washington Post correspondent and husband of WildChina founder, Mei Zhang utilizes his on-the-ground knowledge with the narrative quality of an award-winning journalist to render the complex relationship. Read on to see what you’ll find inside.

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Chinese Food to Rival Your Thanksgiving Feast

Could any of these be the Chinese answer to roast turkey? As people across the United States tuck in their chairs to a delicious dinner this Thanksgiving, we take a look some of the most delicious meals you can find in China.

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Source: Yinan Chen

We know Thanksgiving isn’t really about the food, right? It’s about connecting with family, the lively conversation, the warm room insulated from the cold winters night. But hey, who doesn’t love a good meal! We’re going to look at some of the best Chinese food to rival your thanksgiving feast at home.


Let’s start with the obvious:
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Condé Nast Traveler names WildChina Founder Mei Zhang “Top Travel Specialist for 2016″

She’s done it again! WildChina is pleased to announce that our founder and CEO, Mei Zhang, was named a Top Travel Specialist in 2016 by Condé Nast Traveler.

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For the past 16 years, Condé Nast Traveler has had the tough job of narrowing down a pool of 10,000 travel agents and operators to an elite list that represent the best of the best. The specialists are chosen for offering a outstanding blend of expertise, access, and good value all over the world. We’re proud of Mei for having made the cut for yet another year. She’s been on the list since 2010!

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Best Guizhou Festivals of 2017

Guizhou is home to one of China’s largest ethnic minority populations, and throughout the year these vibrant communities celebrate their traditions with vivid and inspiring festivals. We’ve brought together a calendar of Guizhou festivals so you can get in on the action.

Every year visitors from China and around the world make the journey to Guizhou in order to witness the many traditional festivals of the Miao ethnic group. These festivals are a perfect way to experience and celebrate one of the many faces of Chinese culture and we have pulled together a few of next year’s highlights that you should be marking on your calendar now:

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Stunning Beadwork on a Traditional Miao Garment
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Best Chinese Food in China: A City by City Guide

From Peking duck in Beijing to the spice markets of Sichuan, Chinese cuisine is as vast and fascinating as the country itself. Here are our tips for eating the best Chinese food in China. Warning: this post will make you hungry.

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One of the first things you’ll learn when you visit China is that there’s no such thing as ‘Chinese food,’ at least not in the way most people think of in the West.

Chinese cuisine is as rich and varied as the dishes of Europe. The spicy aromas of Kung Pao Chicken in Sichuan is as different from the sweet flavors of Shanghai roast pork as a steak tartare in Paris is from a bowl of paella in Barcelona. Practically every province in China is known for a different dish and a new flavor.

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5 Best Dishes in Xi’an

One of the oldest cities in China, Xi’an is best known as the home of Emperor Qin’s terracotta army but the city’s unique and mouthwatering cuisine is a reason to visit in its own right. As the first stop on the Silk Road, Xi’an has been at the crossroads of Muslim and Chinese cultures for centuries and the city’s signature dishes reflect the melange of this historic meeting point. Embark on a culinary journey and get to know the best dishes in Xi’an. 

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Shaanxi cuisine goes back a long way –  as an important stop on the ancient Silk Road, this central province welcomed travelers who had journeyed from the Middle East. Local cuisine became infused with Middle Eastern flavors and wandering the fragrant streets and side alleys of Xian, you can smell the savory aromas of lamb dishes, Uyghur flatbreads and exotic spices. Pathways are lined with barbecues and sizzling woks and raucous groups of locals dine at tables piled high with local beer and chuan’r. Read on for our pick of five dishes not to miss on your next trip to Xian:

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