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Tasty snacks in Zhangjiajie

By Li Liandi | Updated : Mar 25, 2020
Zhangjiajie is not only a tourist city with beautiful scenery, but also has many tasty food. And its food is spicy, wild and soft.

Zhangjiajie Lantern Festival

According to historical records, spicy food has become a feature of Hunan cuisine in the late Qing Dynasty.  

Spicy food is not only the characteristic of Sichuan cuisine, but also the soul of Hunan cuisine.

On the street of Zhangjiajie City, there are spicy food restaurants everywhere.

Chopped pepper

Rice noodles

In every rice noodle shop, there are various diced meat, such as mutton, pig’s large intestines, chicken giblets, customers can choose the one they like.

Minced meat

Soybean pork rice noodles

Pickled radish

Pickles are a kind of preserved vegetables with high concentration saline solution and lactobacillus. It is a characteristic snack in the rural areas of Hunan Province, which can be seen in restaurants or breakfast stalls.   

Pickled radish

Generally, a plate of pickled radish will be given freely for guests in restaurants of Zhangjiajie, which also represents the popularity of pickled radish and its appetizing effects.

Fish mouth

Fish mouth is a kind of new food that has been popular in Zhangjiajie in recent years.

Fish mouth

There is abundant unknown wild food on the magic land of Zhangjiajie.

Just like the small town was praised by Shen Congwen, a famous writer in China, as a kind, agile and brave people.
It is closely related to the climate and landscape of Zhangjiajie.

Wonderful views in Zhangjiajie

Located in the middle latitude area in the North hemisphere and subtropical humid monsoon climate zone, Zhangjiajie enjoys abundant sunshine and rainfall, with a long frost-free period, short hot period and four distinctive seasons.

Therefore, Zhangjiajie people have formed an agile and brave nature in such a relatively bad environment. And the green plants growing in the mountains of Zhangjiajie may be the best presentation of wildness.

Kudzu root powder

Kudzu Root enjoys the reputation of “thousand year Ginseng”, is often grown in hillside grass, roadside and shady places.

Kudzu root
Kudzu root has the effect of clearing internal heat and intestines. It is a typical representative of natural green food, and enjoys the reputation of three treasures of Zhangjiajie together with fern root noodles and rock gyrophora.

Kudzu powder

In the severe winter, a bowl of steaming hot Kudzu powder is popular in Zhangjiajie.
Fiddlehead baba

It is a traditional delicacy of Tujia nationality, its raw material is from wild fiddlehead.

Fried fiddlehead baba

Fried fiddlehead baba

On the tombstone of Shen Congwen, a famous Chinese writer, Huang Yongyu, a famous Chinese painter, wrote: “A soldier either dies on the battlefield or returns to his hometown.” Hometown is very important for everyone.

Lishui River in Zhangjiajie

In Dayong Ancient City, homesickness is not only for an antique town, but also forthe human society full of warmth.

Zhangjiajie urban areas

There is a relatively slow pace of life in Zhangjiajie City. People communicate with each other candidly and sincerely, and most of them living in the same area are familiar with each other.

A series of soft snacks made from glutinous rice are mostly related to this kind of acquaintance.  

Tung leaf cake

Tung leaf cake is mainly made in Hungry Ghost Festival and Mid-Autumn Festival, which is a must-have delicacy during festivals.

Tung leaf cake

Its fillings include red bean sugar, sesame power and pork with preserved vegetable.
Rice cake

Rice cake is the traditional food for Tujia people at the end of the lunar month before the Spring Festival.

Rice Cake

Rice Cake
Wormwood Rice Cake

On the third day of the third lunar month every year, every family will make wormwood rice cake.


Wormwood rice cake

Fried dough twist

Fried dough twist is a specialty of Miao, Tujia, Bai and Han nationalities, which is commonly sent to relatives and friends or entertain the guests.

Fried dough twist
Miao nationality meal for Chun She

Chun She is a traditional Chinese festival, which falls on a specific day before or after Spring Equinox. ‘She’ refers to the god of the earth. So this festival means to worship the god of the earth.

At this day, every household will cook meals to celebrate the festival. Different families use different ingredients to make the meal, including rice, meat and vegetables. And neighbors always exchange and taste their meals.

Tujia parched rice

Tujia parched rice
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