Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Grand Canal is not only the artery of the north-south transportation of ancient China, but also a historic cultural heritage. As a hub sitting in the middle of the Grand Canal, Huai’an is a place marking the division of north and south China
Huai’an is the main place of origin and inheritance of Huaiyang cuisine. Among the 2700-plus classic dishes of the Chinese cuisine, more than 400 dishes were originated in Huai'an. These are precious heritages.
Premier Zhou Enlai is a well-known gourmet. He was born in Huai'an, the birthplace of Huaiyang cuisine. He was particularly fond of Huaiyang cuisine. His favorite dish was braised lion's head (meat ball).
During the Ming and Qing Dynasties, high rank officials, businessmen and celebrities gathered in Huai’an. The great need for fine food resulted in famous restaurants and chefs. The unique location, huge multi-level catering needs, strong economic development and open cultural atmosphere had greatly
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