Hangzhou Dishes: To Die For!

On July 24, 2014, in Hangzhou, by Kate Liu

It is said that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. If you see Hangzhou as a female, you will definitely head over heels for her! The local dishes here are noted for their elaborate preparation, sophisticated cooking and refreshing taste. There are a lot, but I’ll just name a few. Just […]

It is said that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. If you see Hangzhou as a female, you will definitely head over heels for her! The local dishes here are noted for their elaborate preparation, sophisticated cooking and refreshing taste. There are a lot, but I’ll just name a few. Just the ones I tried and found most sumptuous!

1. Dongpo Pork- named after a famous poet who was also appointed Governor of Hangzhou twice! At one time, the people were so happy, they presented him many gifts such as pigs and wine. Being humble of heart, Dongpo ordered his men to slaughter the pigs and cook them in the wine to give to the people. It turned out to be most tempting! In gratitude, the people favorably called it Dongpo pork! It is limp, soft and easily melted in the tongue. It was also quite cheap for such a large portion!

2. Beggar’s Chicken- The most famous of all the Hangzhou dishes. It got its name from a story when an emperor once took a ride out in the country and was able to smell something delicious. He ordered his men to trace the scent and found an old beggar roasting a chicken. I guess we have to pay tribute to the beggar for such a mouth-watering delicacy! It is stuffed with fillet, onion, ginger and other spices. Yum-yum!


3. Sweet and Sour Carp- This dish is definitely to die for. Because if you don’t be careful, you just might have a needle-like fish bone stuck in your throat! But this is the fun without the danger! The meat is so tender and the sauce that it’s cooked in is spicy! It’ll leave you mouth watering! Ha ha ha!

 

One of the most important parts of traveling is tasting the delicacies. Many local specialties will be sure to make your visit a cultural experience. If you want to taste authentic flavor of Hangzhou dishes why not go? Book Hangzhou Tours now and taste delicious local dishes.

 

 

Hangzhou—a city of history

On July 17, 2014, in Hangzhou, by Kate Liu

What is the aim of a travel? Some people say that they travel to escape, not from a country but from some memory. I want to say the best travel is going to an unfamiliar city and finding something that touches me. Hangzhou is exactly such a city that worths wasting time there. Its history, […]

What is the aim of a travel? Some people say that they travel to escape, not from a country but from some memory. I want to say the best travel is going to an unfamiliar city and finding something that touches me. Hangzhou is exactly such a city that worths wasting time there. Its history, water and peace and many other unique things all deserve our paying a visit.

Hangzhou has a long history as mankind originally established a civilization over 4700 years ago. Hangzhou is one of the seven ancient capitals of China. It was the capital of the Wuyue Kingdom from 907 to 978 during the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms Period. After about 60 years in 1132, Hangzhou was chosen as the new capital of the Southern Song dynasty.

What’s more, two Chinese most famous poets Bai Juyi and Su Shi are appointed governors of Hangzhou. They used their leisure time to enjoy the beauty of Hangzhou, leaving many famous poems for their descendants. Through construction, West Lake was made a beautiful landmark. Walking in the city and imaging our ancestors once walked on the same path, it impresses me a lot ,especially on a rainy afternoon.

 To enjoy its history, I chose Longmen Old Town which is said to be the hometown of Sun Quan, a Chinese emperor. There are extremely rare and most completely preserved ancient buildings of Ming and Qing dynasties in the town. What an unforgettable experience to feel the unique folk custom of Jiangnan, taste the strong sun culture which has developed thousands of years, and enjoy the beautiful natural scenery of Longmen mountain.

 

 
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