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  • Zhangjiajie Specialty: Qingyan Tsui Ming Tea

    Zhangjiajie Specialty: Qingyan Tsui Ming Tea

    Qingyan Tsui Ming is a kind of the famous tea in China. It is well-known for it comes from mantel rocks in Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, which also makes its name. On May, 1983, Qingyan Tsui Ming was awarded high-quality tea and was honored with golden cup. On october, 1988, Qingyan Tsui Ming was awarded national silver medal in the First Food Exposition held in Beijing.Qingyan Tsui Ming’s plantation was located in somewhere, with an altitude lasting from 450 meters to 900 meters. Over there, peaks rise one above the other in the distance, foggy covers it perennially, climate is moderate and soil is fertile, which all make it a perfect place for the growing of Qingyan Tsui Ming. Workers usually start to pick fresh tea leaves from Qingming (Early April) to Grain Rain (6th solar term). The whole production process contains eight steps: killing out, rubbing, frying, drying, shaping, airing and seasoning.As for the quality, Qingyan Tsui Ming has perfectly round, emerald green and tight trabs. It looks light green and transparent when brewed. Drinking it leads you endless aftertastes. Famous painter Huang Yongyu once said, “Guilin’s scenery is the best in the world, Zhangjiajie’s scenery is better than Guilin and Qingyan Tsui Ming suffuses an exquisite fragrance all over the world”.Translated by Becky
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  • Guangzhou Jewelry Shop:Jade Introduction

    Guangzhou Jewelry Shop:Jade Introduction

    Jade holds a greater fascination for the Chinese than any other stone. Traditionally, it is worn for good luck, as a protection against sickness and as an amulet for travelers. There are several types of jade: nephrite, jadeite and a local variety, nanyu jade. Do not buy from open-air private markets, as there are plenty of imitations in the market. Buy from established shops such as the Jade Shop (12-14 Zhongshan Wulu), Baoli Yuqi Hang (220 Zhongshan Silu), Guangzhou Antique Shop (696 Wende Lu), and the jewelry shops of the China Garden and White Swan hotels.Translated by Sophia
    Shopping 2012-08-16 11:55 View:1336
  • Zhangjiajie rare medicinal herbs: Cili Tu-Chung (Eucommia)

    Zhangjiajie rare medicinal herbs: Cili Tu-Chung (Eucommia)

    Tu-chung is a kind of perennial broadleaf tree. Its leaves are obovate. Its bark can be used in medicine, and flower seed can also be used as medicine in spite of bitterness.Peel, fruit and leaf of Cili tu-chung are full of gutta-percha, which are important raw material of electrical equipment, chemical industry and telecommunication equipment and so forth.Cili tu-chung’s woodiness is somewhat heavy, the wooden structure is artistic. Thus it is always regarded as an ideal material in industry such as architecture, furniture, painting and craft. As one of the staple goods that exports to different countries around the world, Cili tu-chung gradually becomes the significant natural resources for developing economy.Translated by Becky
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  • Embroidery of Miao nationality

    Embroidery of Miao nationality

    People are used to calling the embroidery made by Miao ethnic group Miao embroidery, which stands for the fruit of Miao women’s hard work and wisdom. Miao embroidery, generally recognized as one of the most exquisite embroideries around the world, is the perfect combination of variety, fine craftsmanship as well as abundant culture. Moreover, as time goes on, it has become an artistic boutique for aesthetic enjoyment and collection.Miao embroidery is not only the art treasures of Miao minority in Fenghuang (located in westernHunan), but also one of our ancient national handicraft arts. According to some relevant documents, embroidery appeared inChinaas early as the period of Shang and Zhou Dynasty. At that time, it was initially used for decorating clothes to show one’s status, functioning as an accessory means of politics. Gradually, embroidery began to be popularized as a kind of ornamental for beautifying ordinary people’s lives not until the Spring and Autumn Period.Generally speaking, Miao embroidery is usually woven by five-color threads. About the design, a number of regular basic geometrical figures are probably the most common. However, flowers or plant pictures are few. Though Miao nationality doesn’t have written words, smartly, they use painting function of couching to describe primitive totems, record history.Today, thanks to Miao embroidery, the collars, lapels, gussets and many other parts of the clothes turn to be outstanding. Meanwhile, Miao embroidery can also be used to sew satchels, wallets and so on. Maybe under the help of Miao embroidery, a cheap garment can soon become shining, valuable.Translated by Becky#gallery-1 {margin: auto;}#gallery-1 .gallery-item {float: left;margin-top: 10px;text-align: center;width: 33%;}#gallery-1 img {border: 2px solid #cfcfcf;}#gallery-1 .gallery-caption {margin-left: 0;}
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  • ZJJ Manual Ribbon of Miao Nationality

    ZJJ Manual Ribbon of Miao Nationality

    As legend goes, those people that lived in the Miao ridge area usually suffered from the harm brought by vipers in the past. One smart girl once saw that vipers get away quickly when they encountered similar species. According to this scene, this girl then knitted a ribbon whose width was about 1 cun( a unit of length, =1/3 decimetre), following vipers body’s decorative pattern. After that, she kept winding the ribbon about herself, she would take it off and show it in front of vipers whenever she came across them. As expected, vipers left soon.So, this method spread out at once since its proved effectiveness. Thanks to manual ribbons, a large amount of Miao people were free from hurt. Since then, this kind of Miao manual ribbon was handed down to generations. As time goes by, it developed to more and more applications nowadays, for example, sometimes manual ribbons are regarded as tokens between youth in love, gifts given to friends and families, or decorations of furniture and so on. Meanwhile, graphics on different manual ribbons are also enriched, some are used to manifest love and auspiciousness, and some are used to represent colorful flowers.Translated by Becky
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  • Three treasures and a wonder

    Three treasures and a wonder

    Three treasures and a wonder in Zhangjiajie refer to a combination of four local specialties, including natural puerarin powder, fern powder, rock ear hailed as three treasures and the Eucommia Tea, the king of the tea, honored as a wonder of Zhangjiajie.Fern powder is refined from a wild fern abounding in essential amino-acid needed by human beings and trace elements like Calcium, Ferrum, and Zinc, Selenium etc, which has a high nutritional value. According to the record of Compendium of Material Medica (an authoritive medical book inherited from Ming Dynasty): the fern can serve as a model of lipid-lowering and dieting, beautifying, invigorating spleen and stomach and strengthening the immune system etc. . Moreover, it has a doubled function of diet therapy and nutrition for those who have hypertension, hyperlipidemia, and diabetes mellitusNatural puerarin powder is made from the root of puerarin, which belongs to the perennial cany plant of leguminosae and lives in the deep mountains and jungles. Its functions are as-follows: cleaning heat and detoxicating, relieving internal heat and sobering up, tonifying spleen and heatstroke prevention etc.Rock ear is located in cliff of quartz sandstone at a elevation of over 1km and sponges off trace elements in rocks. It can be used as a kind of vegetable and an ingredient in stewed chicken and meat soup which are super tonics for Tujia people to improve their eyesight, repose as well as prevent senility. In addition, the rock ear can also function as a sample of diminishing inflammation, nourishing Yin and moistening lung, and replenishing blood and ferric.Eucommia Tea comes from the tender leaf of eucommia under the method of traditional tea processing. Eucommia Tea has sweet, warm properties. It is associated with the liver and kidneys, and is considered the primary herb used to increase yang functions in the body. Eucommia Tea strengthens the bones and muscles, heals injured and weakened tissues, and can treat lower back and leg pain, stiffness and arthritis.Translated by BrendaThe Eucommia TeaThe Rock EarFern-Root vermicelliThe natural puerarin powder
    Shopping 2012-07-28 14:55 View:1333
  • Zhangjiajie Wonderful Tea–Maoyanmei

    Zhangjiajie Wonderful Tea–Maoyanmei

    Named Tujia dew tea and Tujia magical tea, Maoyanmei has its vulgos like: longevity cane, glossy ganoderma, mee tea and bitter sweet dew. It is a kind of wild plant grown in the primeval forest of Zhangjiajie. The tea made from this plant has the freshness and simplicity from the climate.The wild Maoyanmei, like Peristrophe Nees and Tendrils of tea can not be changed into other place for planting. According to scientific research, after the devastating cleanout of the fourth century glacier, the plant can only grow in the red sandstone of Zhangjiajie primeval forest which is on the altitude of 800-1,300 meters and free from pollution.The Maoyanmei, most surviving in Zhangjiajie with an altitude 800-1,300 meters, has medical effects and food nutrition, becoming the wild plant that has the highest level of flavone and the most abundant nutrition in the world.From thousands of years, there has been a habit of drinking Maoyanmei among Tujia people, who are healthy and strong with the many healthy elders hardly suffering from hypertension, hyperlipidemia, obesity and cancer. The special flavor and its magical functions against diseases are said to be the bounty of God, thus named “Magical Tea”, “Gyrophora Tea”.The correct brewing method:1.It has better effects if brew in vacuum cup.2.Brewed 5 grams with 200-300mm water;drink after ten minutes.3.Two or three times a day.4.It can be brewed for three times.Warm tips: The first course of brewed tea can be dumped.By Crystal
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  • ZJJ Specialty–Honey Bee Pupae

    ZJJ Specialty–Honey Bee Pupae

    Having bountiful nutrition and a flavor of crispy and delicacy, honey bee pupae is really a pure natural ambrosia. In recent years, honey bee pupae has been sold for 400 RMB per Kg in Jishou and Zhangjiajie, Xiangxi. It has become another famous specialty that sends to friends and guests.Honey bee pupae usually are the larva and pupa of some wilding bees, such as wasp, hornet, dark swarm and scoliid, belonging to insecta and hymenoptera. It grows for two to five generations round a year in Xiangxi mountainous areas. The best time for catching pupa is when the old larva becomes into pupa. As to the dishes made of pupa, except the fried cuisines, the majority is adopted dry process for storage and packaging.As honey bee pupae is an ideal nutrition food with high protein, low fat, multivitamin and minor element. It can be treated as food as well as dietary supplements. There are several dishes adopted different cooking methods. If you are fascinated with the delicious foods, just go around ZJJ and feast yourself!1.Fried bee pupaThe pupa of wasp is the main material for this cuisine (Vespa mandarinia is the optimal) Firstly, pick bee pupa from honeycomb, discard impurity and then wash it with clean water for filtering the water. Next, pour the bee pupa into the pan with oil fried for medium well, fry it with slow fire till it becomes yellow-golden. Finally, add some salt and the bee pupa cuisine is cooked well.2.Steamed Bee PupaWild bee pupa is the main material, but soil bee pupa, hornet pupae and wasp pupa are much better. When cooking, clean the bee pupa, add a bit of salt, pour into bowl and steam it in the wooden steamer. Finally, add some paprika powder and gourmet powder and then the dish is made.3.Bee Pupa SauceWild bee pupa is the main ingredient. Crush and pinch the pupa for taking its juice, finely chop the pupa, then mix it with cayenne pepper, paprika powder and sweet smartweed grass, finally add some salt and then you can have a good taste. Bee pupa sauce is fresh and sweet and is usually ate by dipping the sauce when eat uncooked vegetables.By Crystal
    Shopping 2012-07-12 14:19 View:1281