This article original appeared in CNN Travel.
Although travelers can try dishes from around China and the globe in renowned food cities Beijing and Shanghai, it is outside these major metropolises where a world of exciting Chinese cuisine awaits the true foodie.
With this in mind and after three years of living in China and writing about Chinese food, I embarked on a six-month journey with my husband and two daughters.
We loaded up a campervan and set out from Shanghai on July 1. We’ve since covered more than 20,000 kilometers and 21 provinces in our quest to see China’s most remote and beautiful areas, and to taste the different regional foods along our way.
Here are eight most amazing Chinese food cities I’ve come across so far. The list is in no particular order…