China is a country of 10,000 cuisines! Authentic Chinese food is delectable in flavor and astounding in its sheer variety. With 56 ethnic minority groups contributing recipes cultivated over centuries from the farthest corners of the country, China is justifiably famous for its claim as home to the most popular cuisine in the world.
You would be remiss if you didn’t sample as many types of China’s regional cuisine as possible during the trip. For a true taste of authentic cuisine, stop by one of the food stalls at the local “night market” and join neighborhood residents in sampling delicious fresh local foods; it will be an evening to remember, and the prices are great too.
Those who prefer a meal more familiar to their tastes may be surprised to discover the quality and variety of international dishes available in China today. American, Italian, Japanese, Thai, Indian, Korean, German, and French restaurants can be found at many 4- and 5-star hotels, and in shopping areas around Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Hong Kong. Travelers with special dietary requests can make advance arrangements with most 4- and 5-star (or international chain operated) hotels for vegetarian or special dishes.