South East (China)
South East China.
- Fuzhou, capital of Fujian
- Guangzhou, capital of Guangdong, historically Southern China's greatest city
- Haikou, capital of Hainan
- Sanya, Hainan's tourist center
- Shantou, Special Economic Zone, Guangdong
- Shenzhen Guangdong boomtown, Special Economic Zone, next to Hong Kong
- Xiamen, Special Economic Zone, Fujian
- Zhanjiang, Guangdong, center for furniture
- Zhuhai, Special Economic Zone, Guangdong, next to Macau
Wu Yi Mountain is a scenic area in Fujian
- A week near Hong Kong is an itinerary within this area
- Overland Kunming to Hong Kong crosses the area
This area of China is rich with ethnic minority groups. Each have their own languages and some have their own writing systems too. The largest non Mandarin dialect of Chinese in South East China is Cantonese. While many people will be bilingual in both Mandarin and Cantonese, most will not be highly proficient. Written Chinese Hanzi script can be understood irrespective of the spoken language.
Guangdong and Fujian cuisine are two of the 'eight famous cuisines' in China. Guangdong food, under the name Cantonese cuisine, has been adopted global. Though true Guangdong cuisine, or Yue (粵) as it is known in China, may contain a few surprises, the essence of the style of cooking will be familiar to most visitors. Fujian cuisine (Min 闽) is known for is seafood. One famous dish is "Buddha jumps over a wall", a complex chowder that supposedly smells good enough to make a vegetarian monk forget his vows and hop a fence. Hainan is also known for it's seafood. Hainan food tends to be lightly seasoned and not as heavy as other regions.
This page was last edited at 14:43, on 20 May 2008 by Derek Harkness. Based on work by Daniel Cowan, Evan Prodromou and Tom Holland, Wikitravel user(s) Pashley and Episteme and Anonymous user(s) of Wikitravel.