China's top 10 foodie cities

China's top 10 foodie cities
A man checks his change after buying roasted duck in Shanghai

1: Chengdu

Chengdu is no doubt the most popular place for gourmet aficionados. It is the birthplace of Sichuan cuisine, one of China's four major styles of cooking. In 2010, Chengdu was designated the "Capital of the World's Gourmet Food" by UNESCO, the first city in Asia to receive the honour. It is best represented by its hot pot cooking, spicy bean curd and Kung Pao chicken.

2: Guangzhou

Guangzhou has numerous time-honoured restaurants, noted dishes, and flavor food. Drinking tea and soup are daily habits of Guangzhou people.

3: Beijing

Beijing is not only a gathering place for food and delights in China, but also all over the world. You can taste almost anything you want without going abroad. Traditional food and exotic food provides you many choices.

4: Xiamen

As an important branch of Southern Fujian cuisine, Xiamen cuisine is mainly served steamed, fried and stewed. Dishes are usually fresh and light in flavor, and are sometimes slightly spicy. Famous offerings include seafood and vegetarian treats.

There are more than 200 varieties of Xiamen snacks, with rice dumplings, fishball soup, oysters and barbeque sauce noodles proving most popular.

Fresh seafood is available in almost every restaurant in the city. The most recommended eatery is Xiaoyanjing food stall, located in Hubin Middle Road. The restaurant serves up fresh seafood at reasonable prices. Reservations should be made in advance.

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