Making slippery new friends at Yangshou Market
Where: The western influenced town of Yangshou in the Guangxi province
In store: Foodstuffs from east to west, pancakes to snakes.
Best Buy: What do you mean, you’re not tempted by the live snakes?
What not to say: “Is that a serpent in your sack or are you just pleased to see me?”
Where It’s At
Yangshuo is located in Guangxi province, just an hour and a half from Guilin by bus. The town is surrounded by imposing limestone peaks and the villages and scenic countryside in the vicinity of the town make this a popular destination for travellers. There is a great deal of western influence in Yangshuo, but if you wander the back streets you’ll find street stalls selling authentic souvenirs and exotic foods.
Foods to Find Here
Chinese food is reknowned for its unique cooking style and unusual recipes, many of which were developed 5,000 years ago and have been preserved throughout history. If you’ve been travelling in China for some time you may be relieved to find that Yangshuo, with its western cafes, cinemas and stores, is somewhere you can buy a good cup of coffee, pancakes, and even a pizza.
Nonetheless, perhaps pandering to travellers’ wishes to sample ingredients which would be deemed inedible anywhere but China, street hawkers and stall holders do offer unusual dishes such assnake meat to the more adventurous punter.
Online guide to regional Chinese cuisine, restaurants and recipes.
By Jess Halliday