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As with most places, the answer to what people eat in China has a lot to do with the history of the country, their geography, and the needs and likes of the people who live there!
Further informationWhile the above foods represent some of the traditional, historical, and common foods of China, the food practices of cultures around the world are constantly changing as people change, modernize, and learn about each other’s customs. Aside from the foods listed here, there are many other foods, both traditional and otherwise, which are eaten by people in China!
ExplorationHave you ever been out to eat at a Chinese restaurant? If so, what do you remember about the meal? In what ways was it similar to the other foods you eat, and in what ways was it different? Can you remember what you ate, and how you liked it??Many larger cities have Chinatowns, where you can go to Chinese markets to shop for foods and imported groceries. Find out if there’s one near where you live, and ask the grown-ups in your family if you can visit!
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