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Eating zongzi at Dragon Boat Festival

Have you ever heard of zongzi? They are also called glutinous rice dumplings and it’s eaten at the Dragon Boat Festival 端午节 (duan wu jie). This festival falls on the 5th day of the 5th month of the lunar calendar. This year that’s tomorrow on the 18th of June 2018. Dragon Boat Festival is celebrated… Continue reading Eating zongzi at Dragon Boat Festival

Asia · China · Cooking & Baking · Foodspotting · Netherlands

Enjoying mooncakes on Mid-Autumn Festival

On the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar it’s Mid-Autumn Festival 中秋节 again. It is also called Moon Festival and it is the second most important festival in China and some other Asian countries, like Taiwan and Hong Kong. All the traditional festivals in China are related to the harvest and… Continue reading Enjoying mooncakes on Mid-Autumn Festival

Beijing · China · Foodspotting

The crispy and juicy Beijing Duck of Da Dong

If you go to Beijing you will find a lot of restaurants that serve duck, but if you want to try an authentic Beijing Duck with cucumber and scallions wrapped in thin pancakes you should know where to look and also put some money aside for it. I tried out Da Dong Roast Duck Restaurant.… Continue reading The crispy and juicy Beijing Duck of Da Dong

Chengdu · China · Foodspotting · Travel

Wide and Narrow Alley

If you want to know how an ancient street looks like and what ancient buildings there might have been, you should visit the Wide and Narrow Alley (Kuan-Zhai Lane) 宽窄巷子 in Chengdu. The newly restored old architecture dates back to the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasty and gives you an impression how people might… Continue reading Wide and Narrow Alley

Chengdu · China · Travel

Visiting the giant panda

Chengdu is known for the giant panda. This fluffy black and white bear is native for China and it’s their national treasure. Unfortunately it is an endangered species since their natural habitat has been reduced. Pandas are now only found in some mountain areas in Sichuan, Gansu and Shaanxi province. To maintain and increase their… Continue reading Visiting the giant panda

Chengdu · China · Travel

Chengdu people’s park

Chengdu People’s park人民公园 is one of the most popular and largest parks in Chengdu. You can not only find beautiful lakes and grass land, but also beautiful gardens, authentic tea houses and monuments like the Memorial to the Railway Protection Movement in 1911. Regularly there are performances and exhibitions in the park and just like… Continue reading Chengdu people’s park