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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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Hangzhou Dining

As one of the eight major schools of cuisine in China, Hangzhou cuisine won widespread reputation for its light flavors, enjoyable presentation and delicate cooking methods. Hangzhou dishes features fresh, tender, soft, smooth and mellow fragrance. The local dishes include Xihu Cuyu (West Lake Fish in Vinegar Gravy), Dongpo Pork, Beggar’s Chicken, Shrimp Meat with Longjing Tea, Hangzhou Catsup Duck, Glutinous Rice Ball in Fermented Rice Wine, West Lake Water Shield Soup, and many others.

Local Cuisines

West Lake Fish in Vinegar Gravy (Xihu Cuyu)
As a traditional cuisine of Hangzhou, West Lake Fish in Vinegar Gravy is a must cuisine in your Zhejiang tour. Slice the fish into two pieces from the head to the end, as long as the fire enough, the fish will be cooked well in 3-4 minutes. At the end, pour the juice mixed with vinegar, sugar etc. on the fish. It features bright color, tender meat, and delicious taste.

Dongpo Pork
Dongpo Pork is named after a famous poet in Song Dynasty, called Su Dongpo. He was a enthusiast for cook, especially the meat. The pork is cut to around 2 inches square in dimensions, consisting of half fat and half lean meat. It is made by pan-frying and after taking, the mouth feel oily but not greasy, with the fragrance of wine.

Beggar’s Chicken
Beggar’s Chicken, as the name suggests, was invented by a beggar in ancient time. But now it has been a traditional cate in Hangzhou for four-hundred years. First, stuff condiment in chicken’s stomach, then bind it with West Lake lotus leaf, wrap it with a kind of mixture made by Shaoxing wine, salt water and mud from wine jar, finally bake it in steady fire for three to four hours. Its original taste is perfectly kept for its sealed envelop.

Shrimp Meat with Longjing Tea
It is a highly reputed dish with strong local flavor. The glittering and translucent shrimp meat added fresh Longjing Tea is not only tasty and savoury but also nice-looking. Its unique taste is long lasting after taking.

Hangzhou Catsup Duck

Different with Beijing Roast Duck, Hangzhou Catsup Duck is pickled with catsup. It features red color, savory, a little sweet with salty, the flavor will leave in your mouth and on your lips for a long time. It is nice for wine.

Glutinous Rice Ball in Fermented Rice Wine
It is a common kind of sweet food in Hangzhou city. The ball is made with sticky rice, slippery and chewy. Boil the ball in the water, then pour the fermented rice wine into the water. After fill the bowl, scatter some sweet-scented osmanthus, the snack is completed.

West Lake Water Shield Soup (西湖莼菜汤)
Prepared with the West Lake Water Shield (a plant that grow in West Lake) and minced chicken slice, it tastes fresh and delicious.

Hangzhou Unique Restaurants

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