Travelling Vegan/Vegetarian In China

October 21st, 2011 § 44 comments § permalink

The Great Mosque

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There is a saying that’s popular in our home: Travel for knowledge, even all the way to China. It’s an old, old, saying, a hadith that has it’s roots in a time when Xī’ān was home to one of the world’s greatest Islamic universities. I think it’s still just as relevant today as it was hundreds and hundreds of years ago, speaking not only to the distance and exoticism of the world’s oldest empire and the challenge that it poses to the traveller; but also to the potential reward.

China. 中国

From the Daoist philosophers and poets, from literati art to the revolutions, it has a special place in my heart, and in my cultural landscape. When I had the opportunity to spend a few months there, I jumped at the chance.

It was one of the best experiences of my life, from standing on the Great Wall like every other tourist, to navigating my way to obscure archaeological sights.

Seeing intricate bronzework and some of the earliest script helped deconstruct the Eurocentric bias of my upbrining—I felt a thrilling vertigo as I reoriented myself to the world.

It was also some of the best eating I’ve ever done. Street hawker noodles, trendy hot-pot spots, ornate tea houses, and beautiful formal restaurants—the food I ate there creeps into my dreams, and has trickled slowly into my kitchen. I plan on sharing some of these experiences here over the coming months. But I wanted to start with some thoughts on traveling vegan in China. Let me start by rephrasing that old adage:

The vegan food in China is well worth travelling for. Continue reading “Travelling Vegan/Vegetarian In China” »

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