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Learn about the Chinese passion for fashion, Chinese cuisine and Panda bears.
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Speaker: From fashion to food and foundations for wildlife, the Chinese have covered a lot in their lifestyle. China has gone crazy for western fashion. Checking out the Great Wall of China has got to be a runway show you would never forget. Many affluent Chinese people are turning to western fashion to keep abreast of worldwide trends.
Luxury labels such as Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Tommy Hilfiger, Rolex, Tag Huer, Cartier and other have taken over the Chinese market and retailers are loving it. Saturated with images of Hollywood and other marketing and advertising, China is in the grip of western obsession.
One of the latest fashion fads to hit Chinese shores is buying clothes that were owned by your fashion idol. Celebrities have started selling their clothes to the second hand stores where people can pick up a unique piece that was once worn by their favorite celebrity. Just ask these autograph-hunting shoppers.
Han Xue: Shopping is about picking and choosing what you like and how you’re feeling. This is the place to collect famous people’s things. And I’m looking for special items that are hard to find elsewhere.
Speaker: So, if you’re overseas without your favorite designer gear, it will be easy to stock up in China’s many shopping malls. It might even start to feel like home.
Chinese food has been exported all over the world in the form of restaurants, ingredients and cooking methods. Some familiar dishes and styles of dining include wantons, stir fry cooking, yam cha and noodles. Many Chinese dishes were born out of poverty using easy to find ingredients such as eel or fish and lots of vegetables and soups. People were able to stay satisfied and healthy.
Chinese food can be as simple as a Friday night takeaway or as special as some of these just make it. Chinese market places are a Mecca for good food. Fresh meats cooked on the spot and rare delicacies can be found in stalls across major cities and towns. Some Chinese delicacies which might seem unusual include deep fried grasshoppers, scorpions and starfish.
Alex: Another thing that make you speed to a Chinese food, my point coming away to China is going to be what’s in the foods. So, I try whether it’s rougher to find.
Speaker: Many westerners are put off by the unusual array of goods on offer. But if you can get past the idea of what you’re eating, many of these foods are seriously tasty.
High up in the hills and forest of China, pandas lie tucked away in trees and grasses. These cute fluffy animals with their distinctive coloring and slow lazy movements inspire people around the world. The panda has become a national symbol for China instantly connecting us with the country. Even though they are carnivores, pandas insist on only eating bamboo, which gives them little nutrients or energy.
Wang Pengyan: We need to evaluate how we operate this symptom and we need a plan. Waling is the best natural habitat for pandas because it offers the best environment, food and climate. We’ll try and keep as many pandas here as possible.
Speaker: Pandas are not usually social animals. But in captivity and when they are young, they are happy to play together. No wonder panda teddy bears are so popular.