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We had an absolutely perfect day with our tour guide - Rogin Luo - who took us for a hike along The Great Wall! Didn't know what to expect and were thrilled to have him as our guide. Very imformative, knowledgable and fun! We go to experience a part of The Great Wall that was unrestored and see all its natural beauty. Got a long history lesson along the way!

After the hike, we all went to lunch at a small place at the bottom of the hill. Located in a house, we ate lunch in the proprietors bedroom! What a hoot! Rogin is the Best of the Best! This tour company delivered for us and we are extremely grateful.

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City God Temple Pear Syrup Candy

It is said that City God Temple Pear Syrup Candy(城隍庙梨膏糖) has more than 1300 years of history. It is an important part of Shanghai culture. More than 100 years ago, Shanghai City God Temple opened a fruit sugar cream shop. As the owners are good at business, so City God Temple Pear Syrup candy became famous all over the world.

City God Temple Pear Syrup Candy is divided into the curative effect Pear Syrup candy and flower color Pear Syrup candy. Curative effect Pear Syrup candy has the effect of relieving cough and asthma and stimulating appetite. The curative effect Pear Syrup candy use almonds, Campanulaceae, Poria, Pinellia ternata, winter flowers, Peucedanum, orange and other herbs and white sugar together to refined through decocting. Flower color Pear Syrup Candy use villosum, hawthorn, lilac, bergamot, wood and other fine herbs add sugar to boil together.

According to legend, City God Temple Pear Syrup Candy has more than 1300 years of history. It is said that the famous prime minister of Tang Dynasty Wei Zheng whose mother was suffering from cough, he looked for famous doctors to give him a good prescription. But the medicine was so bitter that she refused to eat which in return increased her cough. Later, Wei Zheng thought that his mother were favorite of pear and pear has the effect of relieving cough. So he ordered his servants to grind the medicine into cough powder and mix together with pear. After his mother's taste, she felt sweet and delicious. And she began to eat her favorite curative effect Pear Syrup candy, and soon her cough was cured. Later, dignitaries and common people imitated his way to make pear syrup. Since then, pear syrup candy earned its reputation.

The making process of pear syrup candy
Material: about five kilograms loquat or pear. As the making process is complicated, you can do a lot in one time. About a pound of honey, good Fritillaria 50 grams.
First, quickly fire the loquat leaf so as to remove the above hairs and then cut into small parts. With the decoction, to see a little yellow color of the water can be, the more concentrated the better fried, do not fry a lot of water or and will be less strong as well. But this step is not indispensable if you cannot find the loquat leaf.
Second, peel the loquat and pear skin, pitted. Then put these flesh into the blender, the more detailed the better. You’d better filter out the rough parts.
Third, Fritillaria where you can buy in the pharmacy. When you buy it you can require grind it into powder.
Fourth, wash the pot and add some oil into it. Add the prepared loquat and pear flesh into it, then add the water of loquat leaf and cook it. During your cooking, you can see smoke rise from the pot. When the smoke become less, you can put the fritillaria into it. Finally, add some honey it the pot.
Fifth, after you put the honey into the put for a while, you can stir evenly. Then turn off the heat.

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