Do you like Chinese things (traditional, and cultural things, of course, different from those products that are madeinchina profuse in the Internet)?
If you do, it's the place to start your visit. Currently, we highlight
three parts: China handicrafts, Chinese food, and home decoration.
China is a kingdom of gastronomy. Should people find only one word to describe the cuisine of the country, it would be 'diverse'. There are eight branches featuring their rich repertory and four regions based on different tropisms towards the flavor. The dressings and staples are abundant. A joke related to that is "Chinese dare to eat anything four-leg except the table". Chinese use many a way to prepare their foods, to stew, to simmer, to smoke, to steam, to boil, to braise, to barbecue, to quick-fry, to stir-fry, to marinate, to salt... and no wonder these skills easily draw association with kung fu, and have incarnated the real kung fu in quite a few films. The plushest cuisine was for the imperial, i.e. the imperial cuisine, or the royal-court cuisine. The Man and Han Banquet, typical of the imperial cuisine in the Qing Dynasty, contained hundreds of dishes, serving as a hope that the Man and Han peoples would go on without fight. Several hotels in Beijing are catering this Banquet. Chinese cuisine is also related to the traditional medicine. Medicine recipes are usually mild and used to help people recover from illness or a weak state. The established criteria for dishes are based on the color, flavor and taste, and in recent years plus the nutrition, and the shape. Though diverse, Chinese foods share the basic in health with fun. The idea, held by emperors in history, that the most important for people was to get stuffed, has been reinterpreted out of epicurism.
Besides foods, Chinese are also immersed in foods for thoughts. An allusion to it is about Confucius. He once heard a piece of music and was deeply touched. Occupied by the melody, for three months, he felt it dull taste of meat, which must have been precious food more than 2,000 years ago. In ancient times, well-educated people less fame- and wealth-minded, of a fractional population, pursued the skills in seven-string zither, weiqi (i-go), calligraphy, and painting as a kind of refined taste. While the common people, looking forward to better life, had their own way to express what they felt and hoped about life: handicrafts. China's traditional handicrafts, of the material, include bamboo, wood, porcelain, lacquer, enamel, textile, paper, plant, leather, jade, stone, and others. They are carved, shaped, painted on, plaited, cut and scissored, chopped and fined, forming their distinct expertise and artistries, which keep growing and constantly turn out newly in the soil of the unlimited imagination of people.
When it comes to Chinese food and handicrafts, there is always too much to say and it is just tough to cover them all. We have complied detailed contents in our Web site (even convenient sources for you to purchase related items madeinchina). If you have any ideas about China, handicrafts, its food, home decoration, and products madeinchina, please do tell us.