Food is one aspect of cultural traditions, yet it is probably one of the most persistent. No wonder people like to say what you eat determines what you are. There is no cultural group and no individual for whom at least one specific food - the memory, taste, or smell of which - does not evoke a pang of loving nostalgia.

    Food plays an inextricable role in our daily lives. Without food we cannot survive. But food is much more than a tool of survival. Food is a source of pleasure, comfort and security. Food is also a symbol of hospitality, social status, and religious significance.

    What we select to eat, how we prepare it, serve it, and even how we eat it are all factors profoundly touched by our individual cultural inheritance.

    For today's Chinese, food is, more important, a source of health and a quality life.

Savoring China: main categories of Chinese cuisine

Beijing Cuisine

Beijing Cuisine

Beijing has been the nation's capital in many dynasties and the center of politics, economy and culture, so Beijing Cuisine traditionally represents the flavor of the ancient imperial court.
Jiangsu Cuisine

Jiangsu Cuisine

Jiangsu Cuisine, called Su Cuisine for short, has a fresh taste, with moderate saltiness and sweetness. It places an emphasis on the making of soup and retaining the original taste of the ingredients.
Sichuan Cuisine

Sichuan Cuisine

Sichuan cuisine has a long history and it is very famous throughout the world. The typical characteristics of the style are hot, spicy and sour, thus the tastes of dishes are very strong.
Cantonese Cuisine

Cantonese Cuisine

Cantonese food is the most popular style outside China. It originates from southern Guangdong province. One Cantonese saying goes that anything that walks, swims, crawls, or flies is edible.

Chinese despair at endless food-safety scares

From melamine-tainted milk powder to expired buns and toxic medical capsules, China has been plagued by one food safety scandal after another. Despite the central government's pledges to step up surveillance, food safety remains a major concern in China.

'Chromium- contaminated' capsules

China's drug watchdog issued an emergency notice to suspend the selling and consumption of a list of capsules with reported excessive chromium contamination.
Alert on 'chromium-contaminated' capsules

Alert on 'chromium-contaminated' capsules

Public anger surged again after media reports revealed that medical capsule products used by several pharmaceutical companies contained industrial gelatin, including high doses of chromium.

Fear of tainted water

Half of tap water undrinkable

Analysts believe 50 percent of China's tap water does not meet national drinking water standards, but the problem is not so severe as to cause an immediate threat to human health.

Cadmium pollution spreads in tainted S China river

Cadmium pollutants have been found in the lower reaches of a contaminated river in south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, local authorities said Thursday.

Fear of tainted water spurs rush for bottles

Weibo Voices:

:@Jiang Yu: Food safety problems in China are so severe that I've lost trust in almost all food products. Legislators should imporve food safety laws, and those responsible for unsafe food products should be severely punished.
:@Luo Bi: Food safety incidents happen all the time in my daily life, such as rice tained with heavy metals and 'gutter oil'. The problems are so serious that I doubt that the government can solve them in a few years.
:@越国小七: I think it is unnecessary to involve food safety in the cultural documentary, which had better center on its cultural inheritance. Let journalists cover stories on food safety in news documentaries via their investigations. There is no need to include everything in a cultural documentary.
:@活著就要面带微笑: "nothing is impossible in China." Given China's endless food safety scandals, it is understandable that people don't want to take even the slightest risk.


CCTV documentary A Bite of China has attracted a lot of attention since its broadcast. Does the food safety feature story overshadow delicious Chinese cuisine?
Do you think the Chinese media have gone too far in food safety reporting?
Yes. Too much negative press is disastrous for farmers.
No. We should be informed of all problems for health concerns.
What would you do to make sure what you eat is safe?
Buy imported products.
Grow my own vegetables.
Eat less meat.
Buy a fruit & vegetable sterilizer.

History proves China's sovereignty over Diaoyu Islands

A large number of ancient authentic documents prove that, before Japan stole the Diaoyu Islands by taking advantage of the Sino-Japanese War of 1894-1895, China had discovered, got to know and actually utilized these islands at least more than 500 years earlier than Japan.