FOOD AT A UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE
EPISODES: THE GRAND CANAL OF CHINA—TAKING YOU HOME
The Grand Canal has been a man-made wonder in China nourishing its people throughout over two millennia. It stretches 1,776km from China’s capital Beijing all the way to Hangzhou in Central China. Still actively functioning today, the Grand Canal has been an integral part of livelihoods along its banks, and a carrier of cultural, historical and social significance.
On a bucket list, one must-have is the food. Each land on earth has its individuality which gives birth to its unique food, that would challenge or cater to travellers’ picky buds of taste. It’s safe to say that trying new food is among the most fun part of travel. Here let’s have a virtual try of those mouth-watering river foods along the Grand Canal, before we actually go there and ready to order.
The four episodes GRAND CANAL OF CHINA—TAKING YOU HOME tell stories of people and food and offer peeks into local life along the Canal. Come and meet Tai Er Zhuang, a typical water town telling an Italian chef’s encounter with his friend Chen; then visit Huai’an and look for a popular tiny noodle restaurant for Chen’s grandma’s secret recipe; then to unveil the dazzling varieties of the classic Huaiyang cousine, as well as a refined life style and philosophy; and to the final stop of Hangzhou, hometown of Longjing Tea and an astonishingly beautiful garden city where modernity and tradition intertwines by the water.
We say ‘water has soul’, and for the Grand Canal, there’re endless strings of stories and great places of interest. Ready? Your journey starts right here…