Take a bite of China at Chinese Snack Museum

2016-09-23 17:12 千龙网

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As a “living fossil” of the Chinese nation, traditional snacks are part of the folk culture passed down from older generations and can also be a “card” displaying the local lifestyles. In southern Beijing, there is a largest snack shop in the world called Wanfeng Snack, where people can not only taste the traditional snacks throughout China, but also feel the authentic Chinese food culture.


Exterior view of Wanfeng Stack [Photo/Qianlong]


Exterior view of Wanfeng Stack [Photo/Qianlong]

Located in the Lize International Financial Zone in Fengtai District and opened by Association of Beijing Traditional Snacks in 2010, Wanfeng Snack is dedicated to be an important window displaying traditional Chinese food culture for tourists home and abroad. Covering a business area of 16,000 square meters, it can accommodate up to 3,000 diners and has been rated as the largest snack shop in the world by China World Records Association in 2010.


Dining hall of Wanfeng Stack [Photo/Qianlong]


The certificate of World’s Largest Snack Shop [Photo/Qianlong]

In Wanfeng Snack, the first floor brings different traditional snacks from all over the country together, which are divided into Muslim snacks in the north section and ethnic snacks in the south section. The dining environment here is spacious and antique-styled with the decorations of old paintings, wooden plaques and old photographs.

Reception hall of Wanfeng Stack [Photo/Qianlong]


Stalls at Wanfeng Stack [Photo/Qianlong]


Stalls at Wanfeng Stack [Photo/Qianlong]


Dining rooms of Wanfeng Stack [Photo/Qianlong]

Old photos of Wanfeng Stack [Photo/Qianlong]

The stalls are well organized in different flavors from different places in China. The prices are moderate in Beijing with an average of about 50 yuan ($7.5) per person. In addition, cash is not supported in the stalls, and people need to purchase a meal card for the payment.


Snacks in the stalls at Wanfeng Stack [Photo/Qianlong]


Snacks in the stalls at Wanfeng Stack [Photo/Qianlong]


Snacks in the stalls at Wanfeng Stack [Photo/Qianlong]


Snacks in the stalls at Wanfeng Stack [Photo/Qianlong]


The snacks totally cost about 100 yuan paid by the meal card (the red card in the lower right corner). [Photo/Qianlong]

Chinese Snack Museum on the second floor of Wanfeng Snack houses nearly 1,000 kinds of old objects and old photographs to record the history and development of centuries-old Chinese food culture. As the embodiment of Chinese food culture, the exhibits are in numerous varieties including anything related to “food” such as recipes, food stamps, coins, tea sets, wine sets, tableware, straw rain capes, bamboo rain hat and even mangers. Some are made with delicate craftsmanship while some are rough plain collected from ordinary people’s home.


Entrance of Chinese Snack Museum [Photo/Qianlong]


Old tableware are showcased at Chinese Snack Museum. [Photo/Qianlong]


An old teapot is displayed at Chinese Snack Museum. [Photo/Qianlong]


Old tea sets are showcased at Chinese Snack Museum. [Photo/Qianlong]


Old food stamps and certificates are showcased at Chinese Snack Museum. [Photo/Qianlong]


Old batch boxes are displayed at Chinese Snack Museum. [Photo/Qianlong]


Old food delivery boxes are displayed at Chinese Snack Museum. [Photo/Qianlong]

In addition to tasting snacks at Wanfeng Snack, people can also watch making traditional folk craftworks on site and enjoy performances. Every seven o’clock at night, there are free folk art performances from across the country staged on Wanfeng Theater on the first floor.


A folk craftwork stall at Wanfeng Stack [Photo/Qianlong]


Wanfeng Theater on the first floor [Photo/Qianlong]

It is also learned that Wanfeng Snack regularly organizes some interesting activities for experiencing traditional Chinese food culture, such as inviting experts and professors to teach how to make the snack “baked sesame cake”. Every year during the Spring Festival, it also holds the Beijing’s largest indoor snack festival with wonderful performances of paper-cutting and dough figurines making.

If you go

Admission: Free

Opening hours: 10: 00-21: 00

Address: No. 306 Wanfeng Road, Fengtai District, Beijing

Transportation: Walk 500 metres north along Wanfeng Road from Exit A1 of Subway Line 14’s Qilizhuang Station, or take the bus line 477, 77, 451 and get off at the “Yu Zhuangzi” stop.

责任编辑:Ai Ting(QN0043)