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Published Tuesday, January 28, 20 | By PaulvHill

contributed by Ronna Fleischman The culinary map of China can be divided into four major quadrants, based on geographical area: Northern or Beijing (Peking) Cuisine China’s North has two very long and distinct seasons, winter and summer. Winters are dry and cold, with temperatures often below freezing. Summers provide intense heat and rain. Its climate, as well as diverse terrain (hills, valleys and rivers) provides great variety in agriculture.  The mainstays of wheat and corn are especially important to the Northern China economy and dominate their dietary needs. Wheat flour is used extensively for noodles, stuffed buns, and dumplings. Although little rice is grown in this region, other plants such as barley, millet, soybeans, cabbage, squash and apples predominately appear in northern Chinese cooking. Read More 

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