What to Eat in China

You may not travel just for the sake of traveling. If you go to China, you will find that the abundant, delicious food gives an almost artistic impression and becomes an integral part of your travel experience. There is a great variety of food to cater to even the fussiest eater.

Chinese cuisine has a very high reputation worldwide and represents the magnificent culture of the nation's almost five-thousand-year old glorious history. The country's very varied cuisine is considered as one of the top three in the world.

The staple food in China is usually rice and wheat. Millet, corn, buckwheat, potato, sweet potato and many kinds of legumes are also common. Apart from rice, wheaten food like steamed bread, noodles, deep-fried twisted dough sticks, steamed stuffed buns, as well as various gruels, cakes and snacks with special local flavors always make the dining table rich and colorful to bring you extraordinary treats.

Dine in a Chinese restaurant
Dine in a Chinese restaurant
Beijing Roast Duck
Beijing Roast Duck
China is a big country with a vast territory abounding in natural resources, and the people's way of life, customs, economic and cultural development, as well as general local conditions, all vary. The local flavors and superb cooking form the present world-famous Eight Cuisines from the eight provinces of Shandong, Sichuan, Guangdong, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Fujian, Hunan and Anhui, each of which has its own characteristics. Including the typical Beijing Cuisine and Shanghai Cuisine, which are also popular in China, the Chinese food & drink unfolds its refined and peerless delicacies perfectly.

You can enjoy the delicious Chinese food not only in superior restaurants with many facilities and quality service, but also in ordinary eateries that are much cheaper but still serve delicious dishes. Prices vary, based on the different conditions and the environment. Anyway, wherever you go for a meal, health, sanitation and safety are necessities that you should pay much attention to. Some appetizing local snacks are usually sold at the roadside eateries, night markets or street restaurants that are commonly found in the country.

Food in remote areas or cities, like Lhasa, is not as fine as that in large cities. Besides, there are not so many choices and you may not be used to the local taste, especially in the regions of many minority features and special eating habits.
Dumpling dinner in Xi'an
Dumpling dinner in Xi'an
Beijing snacks
Beijing snacks
Western-style dishes, which you may crave now and again, can also be found easily in China. Most of the star-rated hotels have a restaurant providing western dishes. In addition, some fast-food outlets, like McDonald's, KFC and Pizza Hut, are not only popular among Chinese people but also offer much convenience for overseas visitors.

We, TravelChinaGuide.com, are the first on-line travel agency that offers the food service 'A la Carte' especially for you, which will definitely bring you much higher flexibility to select dishes you like from the menu and enjoy authentic Chinese food to your heart's content.

As an international travel agency, TravelChinaGuide arranges tasty meals for their valued clients. If you are going to join a tour of TCG, please read Food Service. 

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Questions & Answers on What to Eat in China
Asked by Penny Loo from SINGAPORE | Dec. 19, 2019 08:46Reply
Hi, I'm travelling to Beijing from 25th Jan to 29th Jan, which is the CNY period.
I've read most of the restaurants are close, when will they resume business?

Answers (1)
Answered by Norah from CANADA | Dec. 19, 2019 17:21

Don't worry, there are still several large shopping malls and chain restauratns & Cafes opening during that period of time.
Have a nice trip!
Asked by Luis from COLOMBIA | Jan. 23, 2018 14:07Reply
Food in Changchun, Jilin
Hey, I'm currently living in Changchun China and the eating experience has not been a pleasant one so far. Do you have any recommendation for dishes that I should try that are belly-friendly? Thank you!
Also, can I join the tour if I'm already in China?
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Answered by Peyton from DENMARK | Jan. 23, 2018 21:20

Maybe you can try some vegetarian dishes. As I know, Lianxin Restaurant is recommended. It is located at No.5666, South Ring Road. Hope you like it. In addition, TravelChinaGuide.com provides multiple choices for tourists. You can contact them via tourstravelchinaguide.com and consult more details.
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