Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival 2016

You may have heard about our Mid-Autumn Celebrations coming up in September (and even bought a ticket) but do you know why we celebrate the occasion?

On the 15th of the lunar calendar, each month, the moon is at its roundest and brightest, symbolizing togetherness and reunion in Chinese culture. Families get together to express their familial love by eating dinner together, appreciating the moon, eating mooncakes, etc. The harvest moon is traditionally believed to be the brightest of the year.

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You may have visited our little corner of China on Colmore Row in Birmingham but here’s our top 6 beautiful places in China that will have you Googling Chinese Visas…

Zhangye’s Danxia Landscape – Rainbow Mountains

Zhangye’s Danxia Landscape – Rainbow Mountains

A photographers dream, the rainbow mountains are situated in the remote Northwest of China.

The mountains are several hundred metres high and their red and yellow autumnal hues are best viewed (and photographed) during sunrise and sunset. Visit in the Summer months as Winters in China’s Northwest can be unforgiving.

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Going out for a meal with family and friends is a time to relax, socialise and enjoy good food. Chung Ying plays host to these memorable meals everyday of the week, experiencing new people trying new food and spending quality time together.

A meal out should never be compromised by stress, and Chung Ying also plays host to some of the most embarrassing chopstick mishaps this side of the western hemisphere.

Reaching for the chopsticks is a brave move for some, putting a lot of pressure on yourself to confidently perform without spending more then 5 minutes desperately trying to clasp a spring roll.

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1) Prawn dumplings

Prawn dumplings are simply delicious and they’re seriously low in fat too! Prawn dumplings are boiled and wrapped in rice flour so there’s no frying, which means there’s no additional fat or calories. So tuck in and enjoy absolutely guilt free!

2) Chinese Tea

Chinese tea has been a staple in the Chinese diet for centuries. Not only does it have extensive history but Chinese tea is refreshing and packs a whole range of health benefits too.

Chinese tea is great at reducing cholesterol, helps fight cancer and diabetes, reduces blood pressure and more. So what are you waiting for? Try Chinese tea next time you’re at Chung Ying.

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Some people simply aren’t accustomed to trying new things, especially food, some of us make irrational judgements on food before we even try it; this happens especially with Chinese food.

A lot of people come to Chung Ying and order the most familiar dish to them, using sweet and sour and chow mein dishes as a safety blanket away from the comfort of their local takeaway.

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Chinese culture is often surrounded by an air of mystery with Chinese proverbs sometimes baffling western brains.

Chinese proverbs are an amazing insight into the Chinese way of thinking and offer guidance that can help in your day to day life.

Announcing a few Chinese proverbs when enjoying a meal with family and friends is a great conversation starter and opens up the gateway for more meaningful discussions than what’s going on in Coronation Street or Celebrity Big Brother.

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A delicious after thought which we often find tucked away at the bottom of our takeaway bags or traditioanlly delivered to us after a meal, the humble fortune cookie is always enjoyed and the fortune inside frequently pondered.

Fortune cookies are a delicious combination of sesame seed oil, vanilla, sugar and flour with a mysterious note inside which beholds a Chinese phrase, fortune or even a list of lottery numbers if you’re lucky.

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