Basic Resources
Gastronomy is at the advantage of Yangzhou’s development. Tasting Yangzhou cuisine has become a tourists’ must do. As one of the cradles of higher and vocational education of Chinese cuisine, Yangzhou leads the nation in food research and innovation.

①Abundant food materials. Well-known especially for its characteristic plants, animals and freshwater food, Yangzhou is quite rich in natural resources, ranging from fruits and vegetables to seafood and livestock. Historically, Yangzhou offered the royal court dried salted foods as well as wine and tea. As the first producer of sugar, Yangzhou was also renowned in western Han dynasty for making sauces and various seasoning.
②Time-honored cooking techniques. Yangzhou cuisine is cooked exquisitely with carefully selected materials, and braised and stewed with rigorous heat and time. Its cutting-edge knife skill and heat controlling skill are good representatives of Chinese cuisine. It has 52 intangible cultural heritages of either national, provincial, or municipal level in the area of food culture among which the cooking technique of Fuchun refreshments has been added to National Intangible Cultural Heritage List. Yangzhou’s fried rice and baozi are popular worldwide, being a “calling card” of the city.
③Diversified food varieties. There are 14 Yangzhou cuisines, including refreshments, dishes and hotpots listed as the most popular Chinese cuisines by the Ministry of Commerce of the People's Republic of China and Chinese Cuisine Association. Besides, 15 culture themed banquets like the Man-Han Banquet and the Red House Banquet are granted the title of “Chinese Famous Banquet” by Chinese Cuisine Association.
Outstanding cuisine talents. Historical records show that the family chefs in ancient Yangzhou were superior in cooking and the personal chefs were most popularly well-known. Meanwhile, the ordinary people were ardent food lovers and skilled cooks as well. Gaining a good reputation, a galaxy of talented chefs from Yangzhou have been taking the lead nationwide. In 2000, 55 Chinese chefs were honored as China Cooking Masters, two of whom were from Yangzhou. Besides, the only one national food intangible cultural heritage inheritor of Jiangsu Province is Yangzhou people. Up to now, Yangzhou has 61 China cooking masters, 10 grandmasters who have over 50-year cooking experience, and 335 Huaiyang cuisine masters.
Different and various restaurants. There are a wide variety of restaurants in Yangzhou, dominated by Huaiyang cuisine and supplemented by folk dishes, local delicacies and western-style food. Over 20,000 restaurants are gathering in the city, among which 4 are given the title of China Time-Honored Brand Restaurant by the Ministry of Commerce of the People's Republic of China, 8 are granted as Jiangsu Provincial Time-Honored Brand Restaurant and 21 are known as the most popular restaurants. As we can see, Yangzhou is ranking the top among its counterpart cities regarding the data in these three aspects.