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Hoi Ping, Guangdong - First Trip Back

A May 1999 trip to Guangdong by pyromani

Quote: A trip to Hoi Ping, one of the cities in the Guangdong Province.

Hoi Ping, Guangdong - First Trip Back

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Overview

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A saying goes in China that Cantonese people will eat anything. So it is not shocking that in restaurant menus at Hoi Ping (Kai ping in Mandarin), a city located two hours drive away from Canton, the old name for the city of Guangzhou, there are options like chicken, beef, pork, duck, sea turtles, eel, dog, and even cat. The Cantonese are famous for their cuisine and the food really is the best Chinese food I've ever tasted. If you love morning dim sum and think you've had the best at some Chinatown in another country, this city's restaurants will change your mind--trust me. I think it has something to do with the longer methods of cooking, bigger woks, and fires that they use to cook there. ...Read More
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The Kaiping Dai Xia Hotel is a two-star hotel and is one of the cheapest in the area. For about $20 a night, you can rent a two-room, four-bedroom suite that includes a living room area. The rooms each come with a television set that shows only local channels and a few Hong Kong station programs. The rooms are tidy since the cleaning staff comes in every day, but the beds, desks, towels, bedsheets, pillows, and bathrooms all seem worn and used -- buying and using your own towels and other toiletries is recommended. The most famous feature of this hotel is the topmost floor, which is a revolving restaurant shaped like a disc. You can enjoy morning dim sum or lunch there while viewing the sc...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on April 23, 2003

Kaiping Dai Xia
19-21 MenXin Street
Guangdong, China
2212667

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The Kai Yuan Ta (roughly translated, The Opening Official Pogoda) was built on top of Liu Jiang Ma Shan (shan means hill or mountain) during emperor Qian Long's reign in the 1750s as a symbol to boost the arts and literary spirit in Kaiping. For many years, no one in Kaiping had passed the rigorous civil service exam that led to the honor of gaining an official job in the courts. The Pogoda was built with the entrance sealed off so that when the first person from Kaiping passes the exam, the entrance can finally be opened in honor of the occasion. Unfortunately, while many achieved some success in the exams, no one ever became a "Chong Yuan", the person who scored highest in the exam so th...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 23, 2003

Kai Yuan Ta - The Sealed Pogoda
Liu Jiang Ma Shan (Ta Shan)
Guangdong, China

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