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Xiamen City Information Dining • Local Snacks Pancake It is made of bamboo shoot, peas, bean sprout, shredded cooked egg, tou-kan, fish, shelled shrimp, diced meat, oyster and carrots，and attaching importance to flavor treating with flat stockfish and bakery shortening. When rolling the pancake，put on its surface some oily sea weed, fried shredded cooked egg, powdered “Gong Candy”，then smear some chili sauce or sweet sauce, mustard and Chinese parsley. It tastes crispy, delicate，sweet and mellow. And it is both palatable and nutritious. Fried Thin Noodles Fry high-quality thin noodles in 70%-hot oil pan until they become red yellow, take them out and place them in a bowl, then de-oil them with boiled water and they are ready for use. Prepare some lean meat, winter bamboo shoot and black mushrooms as ingredients, chop them into shreds and fry them, then add some flat fish, leached shrimps, and Shao-hsing rice wine. After that, fry again the fried thin noodles together with the ingredients. Serve with barbeque sauce and red hot-pepper sauce as seasonings. Oyster Pizza (Fried Oyster) As one of the most popular seafood of Xiamen, Oyster Pizza uses "bead oyster"-- a top grade of oysters as the main raw material, which has white meat and black branchias with even meat granules. Then mix up with eggs, sweet potato flour and minced garlic, and fry them with an amount of lard in the pan until it becomes yellow and crispy. Serve with sweet spicy sauce that is unique to Xiamen, Chinese parsley etc as seasonings. It tastes aromatic, crispy, delicate and palatable. Tu Sun Dong It is made from a sea product called „Xing Chong‟ and is eaten with the seasonings including sauce, vinegar, chili, catsup, mustard and garlic. It is now becoming one of the most important cold dishes in any banquets. Peanut Soup It is simply made from peanuts but with very complicated production process. It has a sugary flavor and is best eaten with some dim sum dishes such as deep-fried twisted dough sticks, steamed stuffed buns and similar. Many believe the best Peanut Soup is served at Huangzehe Restaurant in Zhongshang Road, Xiamen. Peanut Crisp As a well-known Chinese style cookie of Xiamen, it uses peanut kernels and granulated sugar as major raw materials. To make it, firstly stir-fry and de-coat the peanut kernels, mix with sugar and boil them, then ground them into crisp, roll and pull them in shape, and slice them to small pieces. To serve it, carefully open the wrapping paper, and slightly put the crisp in the mouth; it melts quickly with agreeable sweetness and the aroma lingering in the mouth. Peanut Crisp not only can be taken together with tea, but also can be the stuff of salty "Kompia" (a delicacy made with flour, baked in an oven and eaten either with or without meat) and other cookies. Thin Noodles Paste It is made of high-quality flour, and it is white and fine in texture. Importance is attached to paste instead of mess, while being thick instead of oily. And it melts in the mouth! The refreshing flavor of the Thin Noodles Paste mainly comes from the soup brewed with shelled shrimp, oyster, sea razor shell, mussel, oyster meat, razor shell potage，or fish and meat dices of false salmon, eel and other marine products that are fresh and delicious. Seasoned with fry minced onion, pepper powder，and served with oil sticks, it tastes richer, more palatable and refreshing in flavor. Satay Noodles Firstly mix up satay sauce with bone soup，boil on roaring fire，then keep it in slow boiling state，add some refined salt and monosodium glutamate, hence the satay soup is ready for use. Select golden yellow glistening oil noodles of South Fujian and heat them with green vegetables in boiled water, then take them out and place them in a bowl, drizzle the thick satay soup while they are still hot. A bowl of rich-flavored satay noodles have almost come to completion, except the final seasoning to suit different taste. Tong’an Wrapped Pork To make the wrapped pork, choose a chunk of hock that weighs 1.5-2.5 kilos, seasoned with dried oyster, black mushroom, lotus seeds, shrimp etc，then drizzle some soy sauce，wrap and braise in a gauze. After taking it out of the pot, serve with its fragrance overflowing, its color golden yellow and the pork still quavering. Take a piece of it into your mouth, it tastes sweet and smooth, fat but not greasy, and it is extremely tasty and refreshing. It is really a local cuisine of typical Xiamen flavor. Pie It is a traditional food with a history of over a century. It can be divided into two kinds- sweet pie and salty pie. Sweet pie is baked with the stuffing of pea gravel added with lard and white sugar; while salty pie is made with the stuffing of diced meat added with lard and white sugar. It is carefully made with selected sound flour, lard and high-quality mung beans. The pie crust is crispy, fragrant and oily. And the crust of freshly made pie tastes icy cool, fresh and sweet. Pork Paste with Mushroom It is made of 12 raw materials and auxiliary products such as fresh pork, high-quality bean, black mushroom chili, onion bulbs, and garlic. Characterized by its golden yellow color, refined paste, rich aroma, being palatable and nutritious, it is a rare and prized canned appetite food. Fish Skin Peanut It is a China-famous finished product of peanut. It has got the name because its crust is mixed with flour and fish-skin glue. Celebrated for its thin crust, being crispy, smelling salty sweet, and fragrant, it is a popular foodstuff as well as a convenient supplementary snack for drinking tea or wine. Recommended Restaurants Huang Zehe Peanut Soup Restaurant (Zhongshan Road Branch) Address: No.22, Zhongshan Road, Siming District Specialties: Peanut Soup, Oyster Pancake, Shatay Noodles and other Xiamen snacks Wu Zaitian local Specialties Address: No.49, Tatong Road Specialties: Satay Noodles, Oyster Pizza, Fried Thin Noodles and other Xiamen snacks. • Seafood Seafood in Xiamen is famous for its extreme freshness. The location of Xiamen on the southeast coast of China provides it with abundant sea products. Dating from the Qing Dynasty, the seafood locally is always a traditional delicacy make from fresh local fish, prawns, crabs and more, with the flavor depending on the various seasonings. Recommended Restaurants: Lujiang Restaurant Address: 6F, No.54, Lujiang Street Specialties: a good view of the sea; delicious and healthy herbal meals Jiali Seafood Restaurant (South Hubin Road Branch) Address: 3-4F, Baofu Building, No.819, South Hubin Road Specialties: High-quality environment with good service; genuine seafood Haigang (Harbor) Restaurant Address: 2-3F, Tiandi Food City, No.98, South Jiangtou Road, Huli District Shuyou Seafood Restaurant Address: 1-4F, Podium Building of Mansion of Bank of China, North Hubin Road, Siming District Specialties: an old restaurant in Xiamen famous for seafood. • Vegetable Diashes Vegetable Dishes are made of vegetable oil, flour, beans, vegetables and fruits. In accordance with the disciplines of the traditional Buddhist diet, the vegetable dishes made here mainly depict the Buddhist ideas and topics. Recommended Restaurants: Nanpotuo Vegetarian Restaurants Address: Tianhe Vegetarian House Address: No.10-2, Dingwozai, Yanwu Garden, Siming District Specialties: vegetarian sea-food soup with sour vegetable, crisp vegetarian fish and fish-flavored eggplant Dafang Vegetarian Restaurant Address: 2F, No.412-9, South Siming Road • Foreign Restaurants The House Restaurant Address: No.10-1, Baihe Road, Siming District Specialties: Western food Havana Restaurant Address: No.88 Villa, Lianhua Lingxiang Lane, Siming District Specialties: Western food Pizza Hut Address: 24F, Haibin Building, No.52, Lujiang Street Specialties: authentic pizza, salad, roast chicken, drinks and sweets Alilang Restaurant (South Lianhua Road Branch) Address: 1F, Dihao Mansion, No.820, Xiahe Road, Siming District Specialties: cool noodle, seafood pancake, seafood hot pot and other South Korean food Songhe Japanese Restaurant Address: 1F, Fanrong Plaza, No.267-24, West Hexiang Road, Siming District Specialties: Japanese cuisine • Wine Bars, Beer Gardens Binlang Lu / Bailu Zhou These two streets have a few western-style pubs and bars to check out. You can almost always sit outdoors in Xiamen and both offer pleasant spots to relax and watch people pass by. Shopping Xiamen is a great city for shopping. With only about 2.1m population in Xiamen, the city is not congested and the shops are not packed like sardines. Yet, you can find most of the famous shops of the bigger cities like Shanghai and Guangzhou. And you can find all the bargains that are made in China, be it fashion or everyday items. Supermarkets, department stores, grocer's shops, markets are common places for shopping. Zhonsanlu shopping street (closed for traffics), Lianhua Shopping Complexes such as Laiya Shopping Complex, SM Shopping Complex, Carrefour, B&Q, Walmarts next to Xiamen Train Station, Metro in Huli and extra just to name a few In Xiamen, you will find few big hypermarkets as the heart of island city doesn't have much place and small supermarkets are open 24 hours. Many small shops, grocery stores have public telephone for your personal use and sell cigarettes, drinks, fruits and vegetables. Supermarkets and department stores, which are often built on several floors, open from 10 AM to 10 PM, everyday. Recommended Shopping area: Zhongshan Lu This is Xiamen's biggest commercial street with big shopping malls mixed in with smaller shops. There's a big night market that runs alongside it with plenty of cheap clothes, souvenirs, and 'antiques'. Tea, stone and wood carving, and puppet heads are among local specialties. Longtou Lu Gulangyu's main shopping street is full of stalls and proper shops selling souvenirs, including handicrafts, calligraphy, and bead embroidery and figurines fromk local minority groups. You can get plenty of local food here too try some of the dried seafood snacks. Sights Gulangyu Scenic Spots A. Sunlight Rock You'll want to spend a day wandering around Gulangyu seeing all it has to offer in the way of fine scenery and interesting paths, and it's small enough to do the whole thing by foot. This is Xiamen's highest point and offers fine views, sometimes all the way to the Taiwanese island of Jinmen. There's also a surprisingly big aviary here with a range of local and international birds. The rock path has inscriptions from up to 400 years ago from famous poets. Tel:0592-2063094 Business Hours：6：00-20：00 Ticket Fare: 60 RMB B. Universal Architecture Exposition Over one thousand of different styles of architectures assembled, both in Chinese and foreign favor. C. Shuzhuang Garden These once private gardens were donated to the city and opened to the public in 1955. It's a beautiful area of pavilions, bridges, hills, and unexpected sea views. There's a network of small caves which kids often enjoy, a bamboo garden, and parts that extend out on to offshore rocks. It's divided into two parts the Garden of Hiding the Sea and the Garden of Making-Up Hills. Tel:0592-2063680 Business Hours: 6：00-20：00 Ticket Fare: 30 RMB D. Piano Museum Site in Shuzhuang Garden, setting out about 70 pianos and piano prickets, lamp holders and paintings. Tel:0592-2060777 Business Hours: 8：15-18：00 Ticket Fare: 30 RMB E. Underwater World More than 10000 fish of all sorts from each continent and all great oceans on the earth, both sea fish and river ones. Tel：0592-2067668 Business Hours：8：30-18：00 Ticket Fare：70 RMB F. Celebrities World Site at No.111, Lujiao road on Gulangyu island, the Celebrities World is a large scaled tourist program that unites history, culture and entertainment. Tourists can get to many great people and celebrities from no distance. Tel：0592-2064908 2064928 Business Hours：8：30-18：00 Ticket Fare: 35 RMB grow ups and 20 RMB for children Nanputuo Temple This spacious Tang Dynasty Buddhist temple was most recently rebuilt in the 1980s. There are four main buildings: Devajara Hall has statues of the Four Heavenly Kings and a Buudha; Mahavira Hall dates only from the 1920s and has more Buddhist statues and murals; Dabei Hall is an octagonal tower with a 48-hand Buddha; and the Pavilion, built in 1936, has thousands of Buddhist relics and scriptures. Buildings are colorfully decorated amid a beautiful setting and there is a very popular vegetarian restaurant. Wanshi Botanical Garden With over 4,000 species of flora, mostly from southern China and Southeast Asia, this is the most concentrated area of flowers and gardens you'll find in Xiamen, but it also incorporates water features and has a small lake within its grounds. There are several pavilions dotted around including the Temple of the Kingdom of Heaven, as well as caves and rock formations. Hulishan Battery On the remains of a coastal fort surrounded by less weaponry is the 60-ton, 13-meter-long Huli Cannon, the last of its kind in China, dating from 1891 Qing Dynasty defenses. The attached museum has a fine collection of ancient weaponry, from cutlasses to flintlocks, as well as ancient firecrackers and the world's smallest cannon. There are fine sea views and a quiet sandy beach beside it. Jimei Scenic Spots Jimei is also the residence of Mr. Tan Kah-kee, a famous overseas Chinese philanthropist. Encircled by the sea on three sides, the town is known for its magnificent buildings combining western and oriental styles and picture-postcard sceneries. As a tourist site, Jimei has the following attractions to offer: Jimei School Village, Aoyuan (Turtle Garden) and Returnees' Hall. A. Jimei School village Jimei School Village is a general name for all schools and cultural institutions here. It was built by Mr.Tan Kah-kee in 1913. After decades of years of development, the village now covers a building area of over 100,000 square kilometers and there are more than 10,000 students in it. It blends the Chinese architectural style with western one, has become a symbol of Jimei. B. Aoyuan (Turtle Garden) The Turtle Garden was constructed in 1950 by Mr.Tan Kah- Kee on the former site of "Turtle Head Palace" from which came its present name. In the centre of the garden is the Jimei Liberation Monument with an inscription by Mao Zedong on the front and a tablet record written by Mr.Tan Kah-Kee on the back It is telling the later generations that victories were hard- won and therefore should be cherished. The foundation of the monument is surrounded by gray jade carvings and relief sculptures polished with great care, embodying a concentrated reflection of exquisite workmanship and a unique style of south Fujian stone carving art. C. Returnees' Hall Walled by white stones and roofed with green tiles, the Returnees' Hall covering an area of 4,000 square meters is a typical sample of south fujian constructions. As the former residence of Mr. Tan Kah-kee, the building is marked by Mr. Tan's bronze standing statue in front. At the two wings of the residence, exhibition halls were built to display Mr.Tan Kah-kee's life and achievements. The exhibition halls were in a 3-storey building with an area of 800 square meters. Articles displayed include pictures, illustrations, charts, material objects, and some rare cultural relics.
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