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Learn to Make Laba Garlic with Tripe

Laba garlic with tripe, or Labasuan feichang, is a popular dish served in almost every Beijing restaurant during the winter. Pickled garlic helps to make the pig tripe more palatable. The dish requires Laba garlic, a kind of pickled garlic that is traditionally prepared...


Holiday Foods: Traditional Laba Garlic

While the Chinese tradition of making Laba porridge, also known as eight-treasure porridge, is widely known across the country, northern China has another way to celebrate the approaching send of the Lunar year. The eighth day of the 12th lunar month is known as...


Modern China’s Man of Letters

Qian Zhongshu may be modern China’s greatest man of letters. The humorous and witty writer is best known for his novel Wei Cheng, widely regarded as one of the funniest entries in China’s modern literary canon. But throughout his life, Qian’s interests were often...


Beijing’s Most Popular Original Restaurant

Original recipes, classic furniture and pear soup make Xiaodiao Litang one of the city’s most popular restaurant chains. Its most ordered and most recommended drink is the restaurant’s pear soup. A large kettle costs 28 yuan and comes with enough stock to serve a...


Parking Spots Swallow Wenhuiyuan’s Bike Lane

The cycling lane on Wenhuiyuan North Road in Haidian district has been shrinking since the appearance of 50 parking places in late 2014. The lane, formerly almost the width of a car, now averages less than 30 centimeters wide and narrows to less than...


Anniversary Celebrations Bring Sino-Danish Relations to a New Level

On January 9, 1950, Premier and Foreign Minister Zhou Enlai received a telegram from the Danish Foreign Minister Gustav Rasmussen informing him that Denmark would recognize the People’s Republic of China. The two countries formally established diplomatic ties on May 11, 1950. Throughout the...


Learn to Make Northeast Luandun

If you are looking for some easy dishes to cook at home, there are few easier than the Northeastern favorite of luandun, a big pot of stewed vegetables and meat. Luan means messy and dun refers to Chinese stewing techniques. It’s easy to cook...