When people think about China, the first cities that usually come to mind are, of course, Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong. If you know a little bit more about the country, you might think of Tibet, Canton, or even Nanjing and Xi’an. But if you have a limited knowledge and experience of China, it’s very likely that you’ve never heard of a city called Zhuhai.
Zhuhai, in the Southeastern province of Guangdong (where Guangzhou, or Canton, is also located), has a population of 1.5 million people. By Chinese standards, this can be considered a small city. So, why would a Westerner want to do an internship in Zhuhai?
To borrow the popular saying… “location, location, location”. Zhuhai is primely located in an area called the Pearl River Delta which, in geographical terms, is the area surrounding the Pearl River estuary. In economic terms, this area comprises several hugely important cities such as Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Hong Kong, to name a few. This region is considered an emerging megacity and is one of the main hubs of economic growth in China. Meaning: there are thousands of thriving businesses in the area and the number will only keep growing.
In 1980, Zhuhai was named a Special Economic Zone, due largely to its strategic location. This status has meant that the Chinese government is spending a great deal of resources to make Zhuhai a modern and leading city in terms of business, science, education, tourism and transportation. The amount of investment and the convenience of travel (you can walk across the border to Macau, take a 1-hour ferry to Hong Kong or the high-speed train to Guangzhou) has turned Zhuhai into a hugely attractive place for foreign capital. So, if you are a Western intern, it will not be hard to find a company that has business ties to your region of the world.
Now, we all know that an internship abroad isn’t just about the work experience. It is also about the chance to live in a place different from your own, have exciting adventures and learn about a new and exotic culture. Zhuhai is also the perfect place for this. While it is rapidly developing, it is still one of the smaller cities in the area and has not been affected by pollution, heavy traffic or crime. Here, you can relax on the beach after a long day of work and eat delicious traditional Cantonese food. If you’re homesick and longing for a bit of Western culture, you can hop over to Macau or Hong Kong for a day or a weekend.
So, as you can see, Zhuhai is arguably THE place to be when it comes to choosing an internship in China. The cherry on the cake? The Intern China family, ready to support you every step of the way and help make Zhuhai your home away from home.
Food is a very important thing in China. Not without any reason was Confucius casting out his wife because she was a bad chef. Since ancient time many factors have influenced the development of the Chinese kitchen.
The Cantonese kitchen, as one of the four different main styles of Chinese food, is one of the most famous way to eat in China. Happy to live in Zhuhai, where the Cantonese kitchen is well known, I want to introduce some of the best Cantonese dishes and some of the best restaurants offering those.
Dim Sum, a Cantonese term for small hearty dishes, are small bite-sized or individual portions of food which is traditionally served in small steamer baskets or on small plates. Eating Dim Sum in Zhuhai is usually known as going to drink tea, as tea is typically served with Dim Sum.
Basically there are a lot of different ways to prepare Dim Sum. Rice rolls, lotus leaf rice, turnip cakes, buns, dumplings, stir fried green vegetables, steamed meatballs, spare ribs or spring rolls: the main issue is that it is deserved in small baskets or plates.
One of the best Dim Sum restaurant in Zhuhai is Jin Yue Xuan: 1-3 Floor,B,265 Ri Hua Commercial Square, South Lover Street, Gongbei, ZHUHAI.
Cantonese or Guangdong dishes are characterized by their tender and slightly sweet taste. There’s a lot of seafood, pork and chicken, which is normally deserved with head and feet. Cantonese vegetable dishes are often simply stir fried, plain or with minced garlic. The main point in preparing a Cantonese dish is that it is fresh.
Here is a small list of famous Cantonese restaurants in Zhuhai:
Hengqin Oyster Restaurant (Fuxiang Bay Oyster Farm, Hengqin, Xiangzhou District)
Yuren Matou Restaurant (Wanzai Branch, No.3013, Nanwan Road, Wanzai, Xiangzhou District)
Deyue Boat (Inside Mingting Park, Yeli Island, Qinglü Road, Xiangzhou District)
Deyuefang Restaurant (Inside Mingting Park, Yeli Island, Xiangzhou District)
Shishen Restaurant (Tangjia Branch, Dieshi, Gangwan Avenue, Xiangzhou District)
For those who don’t want to go to a restaurant the several cookshops everywhere on the streets are very recommendable.
Man man chi!
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