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Fragmental Impressions of the South and the North

Viewed 1476 times 2016-3-10 16:45 |System category:Life| and, Fujian

Located in the southeastern area of China by the sea called Taiwan strait, Fujian has super hot summers and wet cold winters, with little winds and much sponge-shape like clouds. While Beijing, in the arms of Hebei province, though small it is, it is the political and cultural center of China, with too much winds and hardly sheet-like clouds.

People in Fujian are very diligent. for example, farmers get up extremely early at about 3-5 o'clock to do their daily selling or shopping in the morning market; Students often stay up late at night for better grades, which is very common in most areas of China, I might say; Entrepreneurs focus on results, highlight productivity. Here, small town people always have enough leisure time to know each other well, though they bearing mean thoughts about each other sometimes, they are enthusiastic and friendly people for most of the time.

Beijing is much more of a melting pot. You may go to any main street and ask a person where he comes from, he is probably comes from anywhere in the world except Beijing. It is too crowed here, too many people taking underground subways, too many people walking in the streets or shopping things, too many people renting houses. It seems full of funs and diverse creations, it is actually lonely here, maybe it is because "things will develop in the opposite direction when they become extreme".

In the south province, people can enjoy many delicious foods, they may use materials such as tofu and agaric to make a dish while some northern people can not understand it and call it "dark cooking". Here, people has "Bianshi" (tastes like the well-known Chaoshou or Huntun but emphasizes in the thin and square-like body), "Deng zhangao" (after bathing in the boiling oil appropriately, its color turns from white to golden, you drool as you smell it.), "Quan toutao"(looks like steamed stuffed bun, its skin is made of rice flour, its essence will always be the stuffed in it, I am drooling as I write it here.). In the north city, where northerners make up of the most population, it has always been noodles and buns and more flour made stuffs when eating out with them. They may say having noodles cannot help with the digest then they won't get hungry easily, which is the opposite saying of southerners. But I should say, there is no doubt that northern noodles taste much better than southern noodles. Northerners have much simpler dishes than southerners.

There always exists differences between the south and the north, just like what people process the information they received.

(Opinions of the writer in this blog don't represent those of China Daily.)


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