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Chinese Food and Drinks

Chinese food and drink attach a special meaning towards the Chinese people. They have a common saying: “The masses regard food as their heaven”, which means that food is people's primal want. To the Chinese people, having three meals a day transcends the nutritional needs of hunger and thirst. Eating does not just mean to fill the stomach. Having food at one's disposal, being able to consume a good amount of food, and knowing what and how to eat are all viewed as a good fortune. Meanwhile, food is also a medium of emotional communication that implies certain kinds of distinct social activities. The Chinese are quite comfortable in engaging in numerous pursuits while eating, ranging from doing business and interviews, exchanging ideas, making friends and entertaining guests, even adjusting attitudes and resolving disputes.
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. 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 food. 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 China.

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