The Chinese dumpling (or Jiazo) is a universal favorite that can be found on almost any menu in China. These dough-filled delicacies enjoy a long, rich tradition and are often an essential part of celebratory meals, such as the Lunar Spring Festival.
As far as 500-600 years ago, the Chinese people began eating dumplings as a way to express their wishes for good fortune in the new year. Since then, China has been perfecting the art of the dumpling and can now be called masters of this field. Dumplings can come in a variety of shapes and fillings, and can be cooked using many different techniques. The fillings may be sweet or savory, vegetarian, or anything in between. The ancient city of Xian is said to be the birthplace of the great dumpling tradition, and it will surely live up to its name for both dumpling connoisseurs and novices alike.