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Thursday, September 8, 2016

Best and Worst Meats

一个伟大的乐趣吃街头食品的country you are visiting is the opportunity to try meats you've never tried before (both new animals and new parts of familiar animals). In the course of researching this book, I added a couple of new animals to my own list (donkey and dog come to mind immediately) and loads of new organs and things, and it was always a thrill. Something about new experiences--there's nothing like it. Unfortunately, that little jolt of excitement when you try something totally new to you is not always accessible when you are at home, so we are stuck living vicariously through others.这个列表of the best and worst tasting animals as judged by Andrew Zimmern--a man who has tried a wider variety of animals than probably anybody on earth (and whom I've discussedpreviouslyon this website)--is the crème de la crème of vicarious living. Many readers may have tried crayfish; fewer will have tried porcupine. Take note that donkey is his second item on the list. This won't be a surprise to citizens in parts of China, as I've writtenbefore。除了驴,整个列表都很有趣。多么擅长提醒我们有多少食物可以在一生中尝试!

I'm establishing a tradition of using this photo of Andrew Zimmern.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Final Stastics


Number of cities visited:53.
省份的数量不是visited:1 (Tibet, due to restrictions on foreigners entering in February and March)
Combined population of the cities I visited (urban areas only):17.2,560,038* (≈2.46% of the world's population)
吃的不同街头食品数量:Uncertain, though I estimate at least 300
Number of miles traveled by train, bus, or boat (no planes) within China:16,736(26,935公里)(注意:透视的缘故,这比陆上距离略高于Lisbon,葡萄牙,到英格兰的伦敦,在俄罗斯弗拉迪沃斯托克湾停留午餐,沿途。)

This is about half of my train tickets.

Average number of miles traveled by train, bus, or boat each day:186 (299 kilometers)
最长的单列火车旅程:1,596 miles (2,568 kilometers); 34 hours and 30 minutes (Urumqi - Xi'an)
Amount of time spent on trains, buses, and boats within Ch ina:16 days, 14 hours, and 30 minutes
花了在列车上花费了“硬座位" (no bed):13 days, 1 hour, and 43 minutes
Average amount of time spent in each city (omitting time spent on trains):33 hours and 7 minutes
Number of hotel nights paid for:5
Number of nights on overnight trains:17.
Number of nights hosted by friends:14.
Number of nights spent沙发冲浪:53.
Total money spent (including plane flight andtwo visas):$ 2716.87
中国在中国花钱:$1426.87 (≈$475 per month)
金钱在中国际交通运输:$697.38 (≈$12.91 per leg of the journey)
Money spent on hotels:$ 61.88(每晚$ 12.37)
Money spent on food, intracity transportation, and other sundry items within China:$667.61 (≈$7.42 per day)
Books read:5.5 (A Passage to India, Moby Dick, Never Let Me Go, The Great Railway Bazaar, Silas Marner, and half of Tristram Shandy)
Pairs of pants used:1
Number of times I shaved:1 (the day before I flew home)

The last picture before I got it shaved off for 10 RMB.


*This is only a rough estimate, as the population of Chinese cities is 难以难以计算 。这些信息主要来自维基百科,其他来源必要时使用。

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

How to Find Street Food

Let's say you are in an unfamiliar city in China and you are hoping to find some street food. Where do you go? Naturally every city is different, so there really isn't a straight answer here. That being said, there are definitely ways you can shorten your search a bit. The following are some tips I have picked up along the way. None of them should be taken as absolute rules--merely suggestions or general guidelines.

1) The bigger the street, the less likely you are to find good street food. In Chinese cities, the main thoroughfares are noisy, bustling affairs full of people, cars, bicycles, and storefronts. Unfortunately, they are usually a bittoo忙于街头食品。您将在更有人口稠密的途径附近探索较小的街道和小巷。有时只是主条带的块或两个块可以产生所有差异。

2) Check the old parts of town. As Chinese cities continue to grow at an astonshing rate, there is a marked difference in atmosphere between the newer, shinier parts of a city and the older, 污染more charming parts of a city. In my experience, you're more likely to find great street food in the more traditional sections of town.

3) It is a truth universally acknowledged that a college student in possession of a poor fortune must be in want of cheap eats. This holds true in the USA, and it holds true in China. Wander around the neighborhood near the gates of a Chinese university and you will almost certainly find some street food.

4) The entrances of bus stations and train stations are always crowded with street food vendors. Personally, I tend to avoid them because they are rarely selling the best local dishes. Usually you'll find pretty generic fare with little variation across the country. That being said, there's nothing inherently wrong with eating this food--it's a cheap and tasty way to fill up before a long train ride.



7) Leave yourself in the hands of chance. If all else fails, there's nothing wrong with wandering aimlessly for an hour or two until you find something that strikes your fancy. Chances are good that you'll find something interesting to eat.





问题n 1:你为什么做这个?
答案1:这个回答有点棘手。这是短版:我对中国和中国文化有很大的亲和力,我喜欢吃街头食品,我喜欢写作。这是将所有人结合在一个惊人的工作中的一种方式。有一点细节, my second blog post ever. Be warned, though, that you'll have to weed through some other expository details about my project to find the relevant points.

问题n 2:你的妻子怎样看待呢?

(L to R): The Best Wife in the World; Some Clown

问题n 3:How are you paying for this?
Answer 3:截至目前,这项努力的所有资金都会直接从我的口袋里出来。我被认为是一些其他选择(包括Kickstarter运动),但最终决定这是最好的选择。我的目标是保持4000美元以下旅行的成本。回来后,还将有与本书的生产相关的成本,但我会在我来的时候越过那座桥。

问题n 4:你什么时候走?
答案4:I'm flying out of Washington, DC, on January 11 and coming back on April 11. Three months on the dot (disregarding the fact that I'll actually land in China on the 12th).

问题n 5:Where in China are you going?
答案5:I'm planning to visit every province in China at least once for a total of 50 - 60 cities. A common follow-up question to this one is whether I have a specific route planned out. The answer to that is no--I have a general plan to start in Shanghai and move west through the south of the country and then go north from Lhasa and move back east through Northern China. This route is mainly designed for reasons of climate (the longer I put off going to Harbin, the warmer it will be...).

问题6:Do you have a publisher?

问题7:Aren't you worried about your stomach?
答案7:Nope! I have a mighty strong stomach that can handle most anything I throw at it with ease. That being said, I expect to get sick at least once while in China. As I wrote in这篇文章earlier this year, that's just part of playing the game. Such is life.

问题8:Is there anything you won't eat?
答案8:I'll eat anything so long as it isn't endangered or a primate. Anything else is fair game. Sometimes this question is a polite way of asking if I plan to eat dog. With apologies to any dog lovers in the audience, the answer is yes: if dog is available as a street food, I will eat it.

问题9:How can I help?
答案9:Thanks for asking! In general, I am just happy to have your encouragement, whether spoken or unspoken. If you want to pitch in more tangibly, I encourage you to follow the blog (click that link on the right sidebar) and comment regularly. Once I have my Twitter and Facebook pages established, you can follow me there as well (in the meantime, you can find my personal page on Facebook). If you are really moved to help out, you are also welcome to make a donation with the PayPal button over there on the right. As I noted in answer 3 above, I am paying for this trip myself and am not counting on receiving any donations. Several people asked, though, so I set up the donation button. If you are so compelled, I thank you most graciously. I will make an effort to repay your kind generosity in some way, whether it be a postcard from China, a free copy of my book once it's done, or some sort of mystery prize.

问题n 10:I was told there would be pie. Is there pie?
Answer 10:不,我很遗憾地说你被误导了...这个网站上没有馅饼。

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

10 Great Places to Eat in China

Here's a mouth-watering article from about10 Great Places to Eat in China。Nothing makes me feel Pavlovian the way phrases like "tofu pudding," "persimmon cakes," "chickpea bean jelly," and "beef starch noodles" do. I look forward to visiting these--and many other Chinese cities--very soon.

Picture Credit: AP