hdh: Thank you, I study Chinese at the university, my major is Chinese studies but I just finished my first year, so I can only say and understand simple things.
We are arriving on August 5th and staying for a month, to Beijing, Chengde, Tianjin, Qingdao, Qufu, Xi'an, and then we are going to travel north through Shanxi, not sure which places yet and then back to Beijing.
I found some restaurants at happycow_net/asia/china/ , but for example Chengde is not even listed there. I also found some tips at vegetarian-china_info so I wonder if that is accurate.
I would like to know things like, what and how to order in a non-veg restaurant. How do I explain I am vegan? I heard meat broth is often a problem. Is it possible to get some street food or snacks that are vegan?I think we'll be trying to get some breakfast from foodcarts on the street. I am wondering which brands of soymilk are vegan, someone told me some soymilks have dairy milk powder in them. We'll be travelling by trains and we've been told it's good to take food like instant noodles because there is hot water, are there any brands that are vegan?
Is there any food you would really recommend I try? What I like about travelling is trying new food. The friends I am going to travel with are not veg., so we'll be separating to go to different restaurants, they do not want to eat at veg restaurants but I want to try as many as I can.
What is the most veg friendly city in China? This upcoming fall/winter I have to choose a university in China where I will spend one or two semesters in 2011/12. I am worried that I'll be staying in dorms and there maybe won't be a kitchen.
I am so excited about coming to China and I am happy to find some Chinese vegans. It is always great to meet people who have the same beliefs. If someone here is from the places we are going to, I would love to meet up for dinner maybe or something like that.
Thank you very much in advance for any advice you can give me,