A few months backpacking in China-- where to go, what to eat?
Toward the end of the year I'll be taking off a few months to backpack through China. I've previously lived in Beijing and spent time in Shanghai + environs, so I'll be focusing on central, west, and far-west China. Where should I go and what should I eat? I don't need restaurant names, just dish descriptions so I know what to look for! I can speak Mandarin, and I'm not interested in hearing about duck or soup dumplings, unless there's a magical soup dumpling yurt in the hinterlands of xinjiang province that i need to know about. Interested in shanxi/shaanxi (I love wheat bar and noodle loft in beijing), guizhou, yunnan, sichuan, and other cuisines that i've never even heard of. I won't go to HK or Shanghai. Beijing-- curious, when I was 19 years old and living in BJ I was obsessed with drinks at Centro, the lunch special at Alameda, and sushi at Hatsune. Are they still open/popular?