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Famous food streets in China

By Weiwei Guan

April 19

Your mouth will take you to the place you want to go in an unfamiliar city.

Your mouth will take you to the place you want to go in an unfamiliar city.

Your mouth will take you to the place you want to go in an unfamiliar city.

1. Guijie, Beijing 北京簋街

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[Image Credit: www.baike.com]
Guijie is a popular food street located in Dongzhimen. The street is less than one kilometer long but you can find a series of restaurants and food shops there, which offer hotpots, barbecues and other delicacies from Sichuan, Shandong, Guangdong and Hunan. The most famous dishes are the spicy crayfish, sautéed bullfrog in chili sauce, and grilled fish. With the red lanterns hanging on the street, Guijie has become the symbol of Beijing dining culture and is regarded as a fashionable dining area.

2. Chenghuang Temple, Shanghai 上海城隍庙

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[Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn]
The food street area around Chenghuang Temple can be called a kingdom of snacks. If you are planning a trip to Shanghai, do not miss the special local snacks of Lubolang Restaurant, the vegetarian buns of Songyuelou, the Chinese rice pudding of Songyunlou, Nanxiang steamed buns, Ningbo dumplings and the rice dumplings in sweet rice wine.

3. Confucius Temple, Nanjing 南京夫子庙

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[Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn]
Nanjing was the capital city of six dynasties and has witnessed the ups and downs of ten regimes. The local Nanjing snacks also have a long history and a variety of forms. More than 80 types of snacks have been handed down from the Six Dynasties Period, including meat and vegetarian dishes. Snacks of sweet and salty flavor are both available in different forms, of which Qinhuai Ba Jue (Eight typical Nanjing snacks) is a stunner.

4. Muslim’s Quarter, Xi’an 西安回民街

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[Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn]
The Muslim’s Quarter in Xi’an has a long history of more than a thousand years. It is a famous neighborhood of food and culture and is a must-go place to enjoy authentic Xi’an delicacies. Unlike the snack streets in many other cities that only tourists visit, the Muslim’s Quarter in Xi’an is still popular among local residents for its roast beef and lamb, burgers (Rou Jia Mo) and pita bread soaked in lamb soup.

5. Hubu Alley, Wuhan 武汉户部巷

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[Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn]
Hubu Alley is the best-known food street for snacks of the Han style. It faces the vast Yangtze River, with the Yellow Crane Tower to the south and Dufudi tourist attractions to the north. Famous snacks of Hubu Alley include Wuchang fish, stinky tofu, Heji skin of soybean milk and Mapo steamed dumplings with minced meat and gravy stuffing.

6. Jinli, Chengdu 成都锦里

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[Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn]
Jinli Street is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Chengdu. In the antique shopping street, you can see how a clay figurine is molded and how a sugar painting is made. You can also find stores in the Three Kingdoms’ style and shadow puppet theatres. Besides trying the Sichuanese delicacies on the crowded street, you can also step into one of the many teahouses, coffee bars, or pubs. At dusk the lights on Jinli switch on, revealing the lingering charm of this photogenic street.

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