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Biscuit Baking in Fenghua China

Updated on June 19, 2010

Our last stop on our two day visit to Ningbo and surrounding areas we visited Xi, which is the ancestral home of Chiang Kai-shek, a key figure in Chinese politics in the early part of last century. You can read about him here.

Chiang Kai-shek memorabilia abounds in the little village of Xikou, a town approximately 30 kilometers southwest of downtown Ningbo in Fenghua, Zhejiang.

We arrived at the village mid afternoon, and first had lunch in a very smart restaurant not far from the entrance to the tourist area. After a wonderful meal we set off through the village, which overlooks a river. A shallow river winding through the rocks - where young people were paddling in the waters, while a small group of women did their washing. At least, we thought, the water was much cleaner than the canal water that is often used to wash clothes.

The river was on one side of the little village and on the other were little shops, where the specialty is biscuits that are made in the little shop, and cut into little rectangles and somehow adhered to the inside of the oven and baked. They are popular with the tourists.

I endeavoured to find out more about the town and Chiang Kai-shek, and found these gems on a website.

"Humane History. Fenghua was set up into a counrty in 738(i.e.the 26th year of Emperor Kaiyuan of the Tang Danasty) and changed the counry into city in 1988 in administration.Fenghua City located in the south wing of the Yangtze River Delta and the coastal of the East China Sea,mountain as pillow and seashore as neighbour, usually called as “the Back Garden of Zhedong”, now planned in one of “the Ningbo Metropolis Ecological Organic Group Zones”. Fenghua’s total land area covers 1,249 sqkm, its sea area covres 96 sqkm, governing 6 towns and 5 residential districts, with a population of 490,000."

"Natural Environment

Fenghua is a city full of mountains and waters with an environment of “City in mountains and River Throuth City”, holding a 35.2% treenery rate, so Fenghua is romantic in landscape,"

Check the website here.

The tourist area of Xikou
The tourist area of Xikou
Taro in the foreground and the biscuit ovens.
Taro in the foreground and the biscuit ovens.
A close up of the biscuit oven with sesame covered biscuits baking.
A close up of the biscuit oven with sesame covered biscuits baking.


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