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Backpacking in China: preserved food for hiking

Hiking possibilities in China are endless. Just the question is how to feed yourself on longer hikes. It sounds like a ridiculous problem but it is not easy to find suitable food for hiking, at least the kind I am used to eat on trails. I went to great lengths to explore all corners of supermarkets and markets to find anything good.

I like Chinese cuizine. Although it is often very unhealthy (yes, so much oil and fat.) and sometimes the spices can be strange it is always fresh. In some smaller restaurants you won't even find a fridge. All is new and fresh.. It can be so extreme in some more distant parts of China that the chicken you find on your plate was running few hours earlier.

Basically the only preserved food Chinese eat are instant noodles. You find it in many shapes, sizes and tastes. And it is often easy to get hot water for your noodles (or tea) at public spaces like on train or at train stations for example.

But except that nothing. I like to take tuna on my trips (do you know the tuna trick?), it is probably the most handy can to buy. Surprisingly, you won't find that in China. No ham, no cheese. Moreover, Chinese bread is disgusting and hard after second day. (Well, you can find all that. But it is imported with rather high price tax.) 

I went to great lengths to explore all corners of supermarkets and markets to find anything good. This can of porrige was my favourite:

Porridge for hiking

Hehe, it even comes with useful foldable spoon in the package. And the second thing I carried with me were ham sausages. The question is how safe it is as it tastes so unnatural.

Chinese sausages.

I am curious what others eat when on longer trails.

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