Unique Chinese cuisine
ON our second day we encounter some authentic Chinese food and it certainly
– isn t that Chicken Chow Mein
’ we ve so incorrectly labelled
’ the nation s cuisine.
’ Breakfast and lunch fare THE next morning, having to wake up for the historical tour after a night of partying, is indeed a great challenge.
Some members of the team only got back to their hotel rooms at 6am and two hours later we have to leave for the tour. Grumpy is my middle name. We ride to the mountains for our first destination, the Ming Tombs, where 13 Ming Dynasty Emperors are buried. It’s a freezing morning with cold winds cutting through our skin and temperatures reaching a whopping minus 15 degrees.
Our next stop is the jade factory. Jade is one of China’s precious commodities.
I find nothing special about the well with familiar food such as miniature cookies, melons and other fruit.
But the evening offering is something far more bold a
– selection of steamed veggies and rice, fried rice, steamed precious stone, but it’s fascinating seeing the craftsmen meticulously carving the stones, which are said to have meanings pertaining to health and wealth.
This is followed by a much anticipated visit to the Great Wall of China. There’s no being in visiting China without seeing one of the most talked about places in the world!
It is exciting to experience but the walk is a steep, cunning exercise, totally exposing my level of unfitness.
The next and final stop is the silk factory where all things refined are revealed. We are shown the art of silk making, right from its raw stages of whole fish, baby octopus and
goose web ”. “
Most of it has a slimy texture and odd sweet and sour flavours.
By the end of the week I couldn t wait to bite into a juicy
’ steak, burger or a perfectly roasted chicken comforts we
– easily take for granted. collecting the silk worms through to the beautifully crafted garments. I certainly have a new appreciation for the material.
The day has been exhausting and finally it’s time to head to the airport, but not without making a last stop at a Chinese eatery for dinner.
Again, the food is under par. Then our tour guide, nicknamed Bruce Lee, whisks us off the airport.
It was a fabulous trip, despite the food! DO visit the markets. They are fun and offer an exciting shopping experience.
Be sure to bargain. Start at the lowest price and work your way up.