The Essential Intro: Guiyang, Guizhou China

The Essential Intro: Guiyang, Guizhou China

Guiyang, it’s shopping and eating, then, more shopping and eating. And that’s it. Oh, there’s banks in between the restaurants and stores, so you can get more money out and continue shopping and eating.

Guiyang is the capital of Guizhou and It’s one of the most unusual capitals that I had visited in all my time in China. It’s, well, different. It really has its own identity, but then it doesn’t, some call it a mini Hong Kong. and that’s probably the best way to describe it. It’s just a city full of people shopping and eating, threaded with peoples desire to be rich and be seen to be rich.

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4 TCM food remedies for Weight Loss

4 TCM food remedies for Weight Loss

Carrying a few extra pounds, I’m bypassing the local dim-sum restaurant and went on the hunt for local solutions for weight loss and here’s what I come up with.

Firstly, everyone agrees, you can’t put in more than you give out, meaning, you need to burn more calories than you eat. Damn, I really do have to do exercise.

Interestingly, I’m not a big eater, had dropped bread from the diet some time ago, don’t drink soda and stuck to just one or two cups of tea or coffee each day. Where was the weight coming from?

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French Toast and Hong Kong Milk Tea

French Toast and Hong Kong Milk Tea

A popular snack you’ll find at Hong Kong tea restaurants is the local version of french toast.. the middle is filled with peanut butter, coated in egg batter then fried. Goes well with milk tea, which is another local speciality featuring a strong brew of black tea with condensed milk..

They take there tea very seriously  many tea houses will have there own secret recipe. Usually consisting of a blend of maybe 5-7 types of black tea leaves brewed for a little longer than normal giving it a very strong tea taste that cuts through the richness of the condensed milk.

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What can you get for $4 at a Bakery in Shenzhen, China?

What can you get for $4 at a Bakery in Shenzhen, China?

Lots of tasty things, thats what! Theres a little bakery at the bottom of the Maple Leaf Nanshan hotel which I often visit to grab some lunch, the staff are friendly and the food is tasty. Even better is how amazingly cheap it is!

All this cost about 28RMB (or yuan, if you like) which is about $4.80 Australian or $4US.

So for four bucks, that’s one small milk, one lemon juice, 2 hot dog rolls with cucumber, lettuce and mayonnaise, 2 pork rolls with tomato and cucumber and one pizza slice. In Australia I know that you could get one of the drinks at least!

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Dim Sum Breakfast at Kempinski Hotel Shenzhen

Dim Sum Breakfast at Kempinski Hotel Shenzhen

Kempinski is a European luxury hotel chain and they have a hotel in Nanshan District of Shenzhen, and it’s one of the citys leading 5 star hotels. I haven’t had the pleasure of staying except to say that its in a great spot close to the new Coastal City Shopping Center which features a mix of retail shops, luxury brand retail shopping and many restaurants.

Susan and I went to the Kempinski for its very popular Dim Sum breakfast. DimSum is often referred to as Yum Cha and its a style of cooking that was founded right here in the Guandong Province, I really enjoy this stuff so I couldn’t be in a better place!

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Wangfujing St Beijing

Wangfujing St Beijing

Wangfujing St. is one of the largest and most well known shopping streets in Beijing. Featuring a mix of large modern department stores, luxury brand name outlets, small retail shops and markets. What’s interesting is that this has been an active commercial street for over 700 years!

The street is pedestrian only with plenty of room, which is fortunate for the many thousands of people visit here daily! The street is quite long and if you like shopping you could loose a day here no problem. Or maybe longer.

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The Famous Sichuan Hot Pot

The Famous Sichuan Hot Pot

After a relaxing massage at Jiafu Fudao, Rebecca took me a great place to enjoy one of Sichuans famous dishes, the Hot Pot. While Hot Pots are available in most places across China, apparently the Chengdu Sichuan version is something unique!

Extremely unique for me as I’d never had one before! Recessed into the table you dine at is a large pot, underneath which is a burner. The pot is filled with, ummm, I dont really know, and for a westerner in China its best not to know…but it’s like a spicy boiling broth.

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