原标题：佛山古代的“洋人街”系边度？又有几洋气？“Foreigner Streets” in Foshan
Hello travelers, this is Ishtiaq from Bangladesh, can call me 阿德 in Chinese, doing study in Jiangnan University, Wuxi, Jiangsu, China. I love to travel and take photo. During stay in China I have been to many cities like Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Sanya, ShanDong, Hangzhou, Kunming, Wuhan, Nanjing etc. Recently, I was invited for 5 days trip to beautiful and elegant city Yangzhou in Jiangsu Province. The formerly Romanized as Yangchow, is a prefecture-level city in central Jiangsu Province, China. Sitting on the north bank of the Yangtze. Historically, Yangzhou was one of the wealthiest cities in China, known at various periods for its great merchant families, poets , name, and scholars. Its name (lit. "Rising Prefecture") refers to its former position as the capital of the ancient Yangzhou prefecture in imperial China. During my trip I got chance to visit almost every historical and interesting places and restaurants.
- Where it is
- What it looks like inside and outside
- What kinds of foods they serve
- What makes this restaurant so special to you and others.
Wild Foshan 佛山好嘢 第61期
- Which one is better: home-made foods or foods from restaurant?
- What traditional foods do you have in your country?
- What are the tourist attractions in your city?
Cue card Answer 1:
Thank you very much for giving me the chance to talk about my favourite restaurant. The name of my favourite restaurant is (say the name of the restaurant you are going to talk about) and it’s situated at the centre of the city I am currently living in. Not only I like the spacious, serene environment, tasty menus that the restaurant serves, but I have lots of memories related to this restaurant. I remember that my parents celebrated some of my birthday parties there, our college friends arranged the get-together parties, one of my cousins’ marriage ceremony was celebrated there and similarly I attended lots of other parties at this very restaurant.
The restaurant has 3 floors and the sitting arrangement is quite nice. Paintings of famous artists have been hanging on the walls and the place is quite neat and clean. The interior decoration is charming and gorgeous feeling. The ground floor is spacious and can accommodate more than 50 cars' parking. The front view of the restaurant is different as the place gives the impression of an urban garden.
The restaurant offers several dishes including exotic desserts, ice-creams and also offers a separate place for the kids to play and have fun. The prices are reasonable and the foods are served quickly as opposed to some other restaurants where you will have to wait for a long for your foods to appear on your table. The waiters and other staffs are friendly and welcoming. The restaurant offers Chinese, Italian, Indian, Thai, Pakistani and local menus that gives you a wide ranges and options to pick from. The soft background music and instrumentals make the environment more enjoyable and soothing. The tables are not congested and people can chat over their personal topics without interruption. The long glass made windows offer the city view which makes the place worth visiting besides the delicious foods. The place must be a good place to be as I often found the foreign tourists visiting the restaurant. The authority lets the customers provide their feedbacks and comments on foods and the place and as I have noticed they take prompt action on a customer complaint.
In short, this is a really nice restaurant to go and enjoy the delicious meals.
Keyword: Foreigner Street
Cue card Answer 2:
Today I am going to talk about my favourite restaurant. Where it is, what it looks like, the kinds of food it serves and why it is so special to me.
My favourite restaurant is in England! It is actually in the suburbs of the city of Sheffield which is where I live. The restaurant is on a busy street very near to a large park. It is quite a small and hectic place called Jonty’s because Jonty is the name of the person who set up the business.
From the outside the restaurant doesn’t look very impressive. It has large glass windows at the front, and some benches outside for people to sit on if they are waiting to go in. There used to be a large sign with the name of the restaurant written on it in big letters, but recently they have taken down the sign and not yet replaced it! Inside there are lots of square wooden tables, each with about four chairs around them. The restaurant is on two levels, I prefer to go upstairs to the first floor, because there you can sometimes get a window seat and enjoy watching people as they go past in the street outside.
The restaurant serves mainly breakfast and lunch meals. It does really good coffee – I like their latte’s best – and lots of sandwiches, salads and special soups. The restaurant also has a selection of delicious, gooey home-made cakes. However, when I go, I always have the same thing – scrambled egg on wholemeal toast with mushrooms, because that is what I like best!
The restaurant is very special to me and my friends because we meet their every Saturday. On Saturday’s about 500 people go to the local park for 9.00 in the morning to take part in a 5 km run. Afterwards, I like to go to breakfast at Jonty’s with three of my best friends. We feel we deserve a big breakfast after our run, and we enjoy catching up with each other’s news over a leisurely meal together.
So if ever you are in Sheffield, I hope you will find Jonty’s and enjoy it as much as I do.
[ Written by - Lucy Marris (UK) ]
Tips for answering this Cue Card Sample:
You should talk about a restaurant that you know about. Do not pick a renowned restaurant that you know very little. You are free to describe the interior design, service, external environment, dishes served of the restaurant the way you like. It does not have to be an exact match with the restaurant you actually go a lot. You should add some of your memorable events of this restaurant. Some of the common features that people like about a restaurants are:
- Delicious dishes.
- Reasonable price.
- Easy to go there from home.
- Quiet and nice environment.
- Attractive decoration and view.
- Playground for kids.
- Open space.
- Service and behaviour of the staffs.
- Special treats for the regular customer.
- Variety of foods.
- Past memory related to the restaurant.
- Recommendation from friends and family members.
- Discounts, etc.
In your answer you can use the above mentioned points.
If you are prepared for this cue card sample you should be able to answer the following cue cards as well:
- Talk about a place you often go to. (You can say that you often go to this restaurant)
- Describe a place you would recommend your friends to visit.
- Describe a party centre you went recently.
- Describe a restaurant you recently visited.
- Talk about a place where you often meet your friends.
- Describe a restaurant that you enjoyed going to.
Many countries have famous “Chinatown”, and there are also “Foreigner Streets” in Foshan. These places are "secret bases" of foreigners and exotic delicacies. Let’s take a look at the history of Foshan Foreigner Streets.
According to my plan, I took bus from Wuxi to Yangzhou. Arrived at the hotel at 14:00. On the way I could notice clearly Yangzhou is very clean, green and beautiful modern city. The hotel where we stayed is called “Slender west lake”. Yangzhou Slender West Lake hot spring resort is located on the pictures thin West Lake, only a road to the east gate of Slender West Lake. The resort covers an area of 130,000 square meters, equipped with hot springs, accommodation, catering, business meetings, leisure and entertainment facilities, only 5 minutes away from the city Wenchang Pavilion. Song Jiacheng, Daming Temple, Guanyin Mountain and other famous scenic spots around Yangzhou, surrounded by rich tourist resources, weekend resorts and leisure resorts. There every room is a different cottage with mixed of old architecture and modern facilities. Every room is far from another with well-furnished by individual bathtub under open sky.
Foshan is an extroverted economy developed city since ancient times and there are many foreigners, so "Foreigner Street" came into being.
After having some rest in my cottage, went to another cottage with other photographers and models to enjoy the flower arranging in bathtub with milk. There we watched live show of flower arranging with beautiful 2 Chinese model. I could imagine the old king palace culture when Queen used to take bath with milk and flower. Later we went to have dinner and tasted HuaiYang food. To be mentioned Huaiyang Cuisine is one of the four traditional Chinese cuisines, originating in Yangzhou and Huai’an. The restaurant is full of Huai and Yang characteristics. Most of the raw materials are mainly aquatic products. Most of Huaiyang cuisines are mainly based on Jianghu River, supported by top cooking, with the essence of the taste as the best, and the pursuit of good tastes, but also the elegance and elegance without losing its elegance, especially the unique concept of harmony, precision, purity and newness. First day’s trip finished after the dinner as it was raining outside.
Foshan Foreigner Street in the Ming and Qing Dynasty
Caiyang Street is Foshan's Foreigner Street in the Qing Dynasty. 22 foreign business halls at that time were all set on this street. It can be speculated that the foreigners in these halls came to Foshan to do business.
"Buying" is divided into two cases: first, buy products manufactured in Foshan. Foshan has developed handicraft industry, and the more than 220 fields of the industry can provide three or four thousand kinds of goods. Second, buy the goods of mainland China that gathered in Foshan. In ancient times, Foshan was one of the "four great gatherings" known throughout the country, collecting businessmen and goods from all over the country. Naturally, Foshan was also an ideal place for foreigners to choose and buy Chinese mainland goods.
Our second day started with nice morning tea-breakfast in an amazing natural place surroundings by water and green trees. It was kind of a hut which surroundings are open. We learned and tasted Yangzhou’s characteristic tea and breakfast presentation culture.
According to historical records, more than 80% of Guangdong's foreign merchant ships came to buy Foshan iron pots during the Qing Dynasty, and even 10,000 kilograms of iron pots were installed in one ship, which were sold to Southeast Asia or North America, making traces of Foshan iron pots everywhere. Caiyang Street located in the south of Foshan was the center of foundry and refining industry. The appearance of a "Foreign Street" there indicated a close relation to the foreign trade of iron products.
After having wonderful breakfast, we have been to slender west lake scenic spot. There we visited scenic spots and historic places among five pavilion bridge, twenty-four bridge, lotus pond and diaoyutai, also had a boat riding around the beautiful lake. Later we enjoyed Guqing performance with nice song and puppet dance. It is one of the ancient Yangzhou culture.
After a while, we walked through the garden to find the place for learning national studies with traditional clothes. The teacher arranged the teaching method such a way that we went back to the ancient time through time machine for a while. Sitting arrangements, book holding style, reading style, furniture’s everything had ancient and traditional touch.
After learning national studies, we had a very interesting experience of learning and tasting famous “Yangzhou chao fan”. This food took my personal interest as I found this item in different places across China before. One of the professional chef showed us how to cook “Yangzhou chao fan” and we were given to taste also. It was really delicious and quite different than other chao fan. Knowing about traditional clay art and puppet show were also an interesting experience. I believe everyone should learn about this in early age. Clay art will make you creative, artist and passionate. Puppet show will take you a colorful trip to history. It was resting and lunch time after puppet show. We had our lunch in Slender west lake restaurant. In lunch we’re served by the all delicious and traditional food of Yangzhou.
There are also two ways of "selling". First, sell raw materials for production. Foshan’s handicraft technology was well developed, but the raw materials was very scarce and needed to be imported from the outside, so a considerable part of them were from abroad. Second, use Foshan's business platform to sell foreign goods to mainland businessmen.
After lunch we went to Daming temple , Daming Temple was approved by the State Council to be included in the sixth batch of national key cultural relics protection units. It was named Daming due to build in the early Southern Song Emperor Ming dynasty years (457-464 years). For more than 1,500 years, the name of the temple has changed a lot. For example, the dynasty called "Hailing Temple" and "West Temple", and the end of the Tang Dynasty called "Weighing". In the Qing Dynasty, because of the word "Da Ming", it was once called "Hailing Temple", and Emperor Qianlong's30-year-old emperor's handwritten title "敕法法净寺". In 1980, Daming Temple was restored to its original name. In 2002, it was rated as a national AAAA level scenic spot.
There we learned Chinese calligraphy and enjoyed great performance of Buddhist monk. Monks showed the history of the place and Yangzhou through their wonderful performances. We came back to Slender west lake hotel after finishing the performance and we watched amazing Chinese tea culture with nice silent environment. The room was so silent even we could hear our breathing. Also had Q&A part after tea culture performance. Teacher answered all questions what we asked about china and tea. Everything together it was very wonderful experience. We went to have dinner in Yangzhou Banquet after the tea culture program. I think Yangzhou banquet is one of the best places to eat in Yangzhou. Their service was so pleasant.
After dinner we enjoyed the best performance in Yangzhou called "Spring River Flower Moonlight Night". It is the first masterpiece of Jiangnan gardens created by Yangzhou. Hundreds of spectators experienced a beautiful audio-visual journey across the "Tang, Song, Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasties, and from the ancient times" it’s was an hour-long performance.
To sum up, Foshan's "Foreigner Street" in the Ming and Qing Dynasty was a place where foreign businessmen engaged in commercial transactions, as well as a place for them to store goods or even live in.
It is one of the best performances show I watched after romance show in Hainan. After the show, we went back to hotel for having rest and getting ready for next day.
Contemporary Foshan "Foreigner Streets"
Contemporary "Foreigner Streets" in Foshan are not limited to "business". It is more often a place for life and entertainment. There are restaurants and bars opened by foreigners from more than a dozen countries, and there are a series of cultural and entertainment activities including "creative beer festivals", “Chinese and foreign cuisine contest”, “European Culture Exhibition” and etc.
Where are Foshan's Foreign Streets now? Let's go and feel the charm of them!
betway必威 ，佛山创意产业园Foshan Creative Industry Park
Foshan Creative Industry Park emerged in Chancheng District in the 21st Century as a Foreigner Street. Chancheng District was the one with the largest number of foreigners in Foshan. In order to meet the needs of foreigners' life and entertainment, the government has built a new-century "Foreigner Street" in the park.
"Creativity and individuality" are the synonyms for Foshan Creative Industry Park, where there are regular creative bazaar and other interesting activities. However, you may not know that "food" is also a synonym for it. It is full of exotic delicacies.
乐从洋人街Lecong Foreigner Street
We had our last breakfast in west slender hotel as it was our last day in that beautiful hotel. After having breakfast, we head to Yangzhou double museum. Yangzhou double museum is located in the West District of Yangzhou New Town. It consists of Yangzhou Chinese Engraving Printing Museum and Yangzhou Museum New Building. There are Guanglingchao-Yangzhou City Story Hall, Yangzhou Eight-Ghost Painting and Calligraphy Hall, Ming and Qing Dynasties Painting and Calligraphy Hall, National Treasure Hall, Yangzhou Ancient Carving Hall, China Engraving Printing Exhibition Hall, Yangzhou Engraving Printing Exhibition Hall and a temporary exhibition hall with eight exhibition halls.
The opening of the Yangzhou double Pavilion has become a landmark building for Yangzhou's cultural construction and has become one of the most important windows for displaying Yangzhou's traditional culture and modern civilization.
We took our lunch after we had finished visiting the museum. We had a little rest before we went to enjoy “thousand autumn powder performance. “Thousand autumn powder” is a tourist attraction created by Yangzhou Xie Yuchun. It is located in Dongguan Street and was rebuilt on the original Xie Chunchun site. “Thousand autumn powder” reproduces the famous women who has far-reaching influence in Yangzhou history through various stage art such as vocal music, dance, instrumental music, local folk art, drama sketches and style catwalks. The performance is aimed at the needs of citizens and tourists.
At the junction of Foshan Avenue and Lecong Avenue, there is a street not with few people, but you may occasionally encounter foreigners. There are also rows of restaurants along the road. From the decoration outside the store and their names, you can feel the distinctive exotic customs.
After enjoying their awesome performance, we move to our new hotel named “Hotel Changle Inn” located beside a famous street called “Yangzhou Dongguan street”. Yangzhou Dongguan Street is located in east to the ancient canal and west to National Day Road, with a total length of 1,122 meters. Dongguan Street used to be not only the main road of Yangzhou water and land transportation, but also the center of commerce, handicraft industry and religious culture.
Stepping into the Hotel Changle Inn you can feel the depth and distance of its history, the form of nature and freshness, is a rare quiet and elegant place. There are many cultural attractions around the hotel, the Grand Canal, Slender West Lake, one of the four major garden buildings in the country, Wudang Palace, Wangshi Xiaoyuan, Zhuodi Temple, Zhu Ziqing's former residence, Shigong Temple, Yangzhou Eight Eccentric Memorial Hall, etc. The scenery reflects the humanities and customs of Yangzhou. The rooms are decorated with Ming and Qing dynasty vertical lamp wardrobes and dressing boxes. Articles, chairs and other daily necessities, while in the hall and bedroom set up some hanging screens and sitting screens, restore the true sense of history. The former residence of Li Changle and the Fahrenheit Garden in the central part will be characterized by its better courtyard-style dwellings. In the interior decoration design, as the classical suite area of the guest room, the east side is the hotel public area, including the lobby bar, dining room, and multi-function. Hall, banquet hall, central courtyard view, upscale courtyard business and business meeting area; on the west side is the hotel room area. The southern end of the pot garden will be used as an important public area of the hotel with its good building quality and value.
After having little rest, we went to visit HeYuan. He Yuan also known as “Jiexiao Mountain Villa”. It is a Chinese classical garden building that was built in the middle of the Qing Dynasty and is known as the “First Garden in the Late Qing Dynasty”. The area is more than 14,000 square meters and the construction area is more than 7,000 square meters. He Yuan was created by Him Wei in the reign of Emperor Guangxu in the Qing Dynasty.
Now, the foreign restaurants on this street have become popular places for foreigners, and all kinds of exotic restaurants meet their different needs.
There are many celebrities who have lived in Heyuan. The famous Chinese painting master Huang Binhong, who came to Yangzhou six times, lived on the first floor of the riding building. The famous writer, Mr. Zhu Qianhua, has lived in Heyuan for more than five years. His old residence is on the second floor of the East Riding Building.
Heyuan is a national key cultural relics protection unit, a national AAAA-level tourist scenic spot and one of the first 20 key parks in China. The main attractions include the Fudao corridor and the riding house. He Yuan is a representative work of Yangzhou gardens in the late Qing Dynasty and is a national key cultural relics protection unit.
Heyuan Garden is divided into four parts: Dongyuan, Xiyuan, Yuanjuyuan and Shishishan. The Shishishanfang is located in the south of Dongyuan Garden. The courtyard is surrounded by Dongyuan, Xiyuan and Shishishan houses. The two-story building and the retreat are integrated into the front of the house. We explored almost 4 hours till dinner in HeYuan and got amazed by the beauty and old architure.
保利西街 Polly West Street
We had our dinner in Lushi Ancient house restaurant. The Lushi Salt Merchants Residence was built in the 20th year of Qing Guangxu. It is the largest existing salt merchant residential building in Yangzhou and an important relic of Yangzhou salt culture. Since the restoration of “4·18” this year, the Lushi Mansion has become the crowning touch in the fine section of the renovation and renovation of the ancient canal.
Later after having having we went to watch 3rd Yangzhou International Lighting Festival. It was held in Macro Polo flower world. the lighting festival invited the top Chinese acrobatics group from Texas, a hometown of acrobatics, to perform on the spot for thousands of years. In addition, this International Art Lighting Festival has brought you a lot of play projects. In addition to enjoying the lights, you can also play here on the side of the game. There are fast-drying snow and ice worlds while You can eat food and beer carnival.While enjoying the light, you can also get in touch with the ice sculptures, enjoy the cool world of ice and snow in the hot summer days, and accompany the food and beer. It was a good ending Of day three.
Polly West Street, prosperous fashion and romance are its synonym. Known as "small Manhattan", it is the most romantic street in Foshan with food from Italy, Israel, France, Brazil, Korea and even florist shops and creative studios, presenting an elegant atmosphere.
You can feel the tranquility behind its bustling romance! A cup of coffee may make a person flow in European time and space.
Ancient and modern Foreigner Streets in Foshan have a common feature - all of them appear in the vicinity of industrial clusters and all for the service of industrial clusters. There are many industrial clusters in Foshan. With the improvement of industrial internationalization, it is believed that there will be more "Foreigner Streets" and more foreigners will become "new Foshan people" because the "Foreigner Streets" give them the feeling of "home".
On our day 4th we were in a valley called “TianLe lake Hippie valley”. It's located in Yuetang Town, a famous ecological and scenic town in the western suburbs of Yangzhou City consists of four sections: There are many interesting things to enjoy like kayaking, bamboo raft, double/four-person bee, couple boat, water bike, fitness square, pirate ship Game area: (crawling \ trampoline children's slides / seesaw swing), children's water play area: bumper boat, water walk Ball (Yobo ball), archery field / UFO shooting, top kart, sports activities: water golf, beach volleyball , group recreation activities: rock climbing, downhill, high-altitude sliding lock etc.
We have some fun and enjoy. Visit another old street famous for music, coffee bar, book store and many traditional delicious foods.
On the last day we visited Yangzhou Zhuyu Bay Scenic spot (Yangzhou zoo). The national AAA grade tourist area, Yangzhou Zhuyu Bay scenic area (Yangzhou Zoo) is located 5 kilometers northeast of Yangzhou city center. The Zhuyu Bay Scenic Area is a peninsula Ecological botanical garden which combines natural scenery, human landscape, flowers, plant and animal ornaments and modern amusement. Because the Han Dynasty was named after the planting of Fructus Corni tree. Now there are pavilions in Kangxi and Qianlong periods, such as climbing platform, Changqing Pavilion and lotus wind bridge. Its gardens are decorated with hills, bridges and plants. There is the first-class animal scattered ornamental areas in East China, including the beast area, the herbivorous animal area, the pet area, the Monkey Island, The waterfowl ornamental area,The crane ecological garden, the Sea Lion Performance Hall, the beast performance Museum and so on. The tourists can contact the animals at zero distance. There are also most popular tourist camps for modern urbanites, such as rock climbing, cloud ladder, air break Bridges etc. The inscription of the ancient dogwood Bay inscribed by the Qing Ruan Yuan University is still inlaid on the ancient stone arch ring door. There is also an 8 km canal scenic zone around the island, with distinct seasonal characteristics of plant forests (cedar Forest, persimmon forest, bamboo forest, etc.) and various flower ornamental gardens. Dogwood Bay spring has dogwood, spring plum, peach blossom, cherry, peony, peony, peony, Qionghua, summer has lotus, Lagerstroemia, rose, autumn has sweet Scented Osmanthus, red maple, winter has La plum and so on.In order to reshape the culture of Cronus, the first "China. Yangzhou Cronus Cultural Festival" was held in the 2011 Chongyang Festival in Zhuyu Bay, showing the history, culture and several kinds of dogwood products. So far, Zhuyu Bay has formed the The largest ornamental "Cornus officinalis forest" in China. Wu Zhuyu, Cornus officinalis and Cornus officinalis are complete, with more than 1500 trees with cornel trees and 30 mu of Cornus forest.With more than 1500 trees with cornel trees and 30 mu of Cornus forest.With more than 1500 trees with cornel trees and 30 mu of Cornus forest.
Zhuyu Bay resort (Yangzhou zoo) was our last place in trip. After finishing, wewent straightly to restaurant nearby our hotel in Dongguan street and happily finish our memorable trip.
It would one of the best China trip. I would like to thank everyone for giving me a good experience with tradition and culture of Yangzhou. Yangzhou will be in my memory forever.