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Response to GulfCoast66 (Reply #30)

Mon Jan 25, 2021, 12:51 AM

32. You would be OK in ChengDu then.

The very hot food in ChengDu is related to their medical beliefs.
ChengDu is very humid and rainy, with cloud cover.
They believe this is very bad for their Chi.
They insist the very hot food is necessary to balance the dampness of the climate, and to prevent Chi damage.

They say people who are not from Chengdu will have bad consequences from the food, if care is not taken.

I confess I do not like hot food, and they were happy to tone it down for me. I guess they did not want to kill a tourist.
It was still spicy but so darn delicious I kept eating away.
There was a spicy green bean dish I ate every day I was in ChengDu along with the other dishes.

I know, Shanghai is the most unbelievable place. The the tall city skyscrapers are all lit up at night with coordinated
changing colors. It is like being in Disneyland.

Did you eat some of the big Shanghai soup dumplings?
I am sorry to keep talking about the food, I am not a food person, don't eat a lot generally.
But I went nuts for the food in China.

Oh I had no idea about the Chinese beer. I would see the business men knock back huge bottle after bottle.
I wondered what the alcohol content was. They were still standing at the end of the evening.

If you get a chance to go back and love food, I highly recommend Xi'An. The dumpling center of the world.
It is a cold climate like Beijing and they don't have the second and third rice crops per year like southern China.
So they are into wheat products like dumplings and noodles (me-in). Literally dozens and dozens of different dumplings.
I thought I would go face down at the dinner table with dumpling overload.

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