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Gözleme – Eating traditional Turkish food

Looking for a mouthgasm and want to try traditional Turkish food? Look no further than Gözleme. A thin pastry outer shell with savoury inner goodness.

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Gözleme traditional Turkish Food

Traditional Turkish food. It makes me salivate just thinking about it. Turkish delight, Kebabs (not the greasy fat dripping kebabs at 3am that are half squished into your pillow the next morning after a heavy drinking session kebab) and Gözleme.

Oh Gözleme how I miss you.

Gözleme traditional Turkish Food

Crunching through your thin pastry outer shell to discover the savoury inner goodness. Who would have thought something so simple would equate to such a taste explosion.

Cue mouthgasm.

What are Gözleme

The name, Gözleme, derives from the Turkish word göz meaning eye. And when you cook the pastry tiny brown spots dot the outer layer apparently resembling eyes. Or so we were led to believe.

To cook them traditionally takes quite a lot of skill, and while my cooking abilities with a rolling pin are half decent, I don’t think I could master this pastry rolling out process.

Gözleme traditional Turkish Food

While at the local markets in Fethiye we sat down for an afternoon snack at the Gözleme stall. There is something hypnotic about watching the older Turkish women work away like mad over the large circular cooking stone. They had it down to a fine art.

When the fresh ball of pastry is rolled out to resemble a crepe or pancake, it is thrown over the baking hot girdle. Handfuls of spinach and feta, or mince and potatoes or even sweet nutella are then spread across half the Gözleme.

Folding the sides up to cover the delicious fillings the pastry is flipped over to cook evenly.

Gözleme traditional Turkish Food

By the end you have a super cheap mouth-watering snack that oozes the sweet and savoury mix inside. Absolutely divine.

Plus you can just pick it up with your hands and devour it.

Since Gözleme has become so popular with tourists they are no longer just a local market delicacy. We even saw them in most of the restaurants in Istanbul. Although for about five times the price.

No matter where you are in Turkey, Gözleme are a must try for anyone wanting to experience traditional Turkish food. And bring one back me!

Have you been to Turkey? What’s your favourite traditional Turkish food?

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  1. Laurence

    August 24, 2012 at 1:09 PM

    I haven’t been to Turkey, but I’m yet to see a post that paints a bad picture, so it’s on the list to visit! Also, great use of the term mouthgasm. Must make the effort to integrate that into a future post 😉

    • Cole Burmester

      August 24, 2012 at 1:43 PM

      I’m not going to lie, I stole it off a review from Yelp I saw 🙂

  2. Jess | GlobetrotterGirls

    August 24, 2012 at 5:05 PM

    Absolutely can not wait for Turkey, though at this point can’t speculate as to when we will finally get there. This food looks amazing – spinach and feta and the nutella – on of each please!

    • Cole Burmester

      August 29, 2012 at 8:25 AM

      We only explored a very small part of it and need to go back to Cappadocia, which I have heard is incredible. If you go then definitely do a Sail Turkey cruise 🙂

  3. ehalvey

    August 24, 2012 at 10:03 PM

    Drooooool. I never saw Gozleme in Istanbul or at any of the Turkish restaurants around here, but I.want.one.now.

    It looks like lahmacun and a crepe had a love child.

    • Cole Burmester

      August 29, 2012 at 8:27 AM

      Oooohhhh have never heard of lahmacun so had to google it! YUM! Definitely want one of those now.

  4. Turkish Thyme

    August 25, 2012 at 12:02 PM

    Guys

    make your own and you wont need to go to Turkey. Check out recipes for a huge variety.

    Bon Apetit!

  5. Karen @ Trans-Americas Journey

    August 25, 2012 at 4:20 PM

    Sometimes I think we travel around the world lead by our stomachs. Not that there’s anything wrong with that….

    Can’t spell it. Can’t pronounce it. But this Turkish stuff looks delightful!

    • Cole Burmester

      August 29, 2012 at 8:31 AM

      It is one of the only reasons we travel Karen. We hear of a food somewhere and have to find it 🙂 You guys must get so many delicacies around Central and South America.

  6. Tom @ Waegook Tom

    August 26, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    I actually first tried gozleme in a restaurant in Goreme, Cappadocia! I never saw them selling them in Fethiye, which is a shame as the local market experience looks pretty cool. You’re right about Turkish food being divine – I think my favourite was the Ayvalik toast, a toasted sandwich filled with tomato, sausage, lettuce, pickle, fries (!) and then slathered with sauce. Mmmmm….

    • Cole Burmester

      August 29, 2012 at 8:34 AM

      The markets were quite hard to find. We need to go back to Turkey just to visit Cappadocia as we ran out of time on our last trip. And to get ourselves some Ayvalik toast! YUM.

  7. Hayley

    August 26, 2012 at 12:02 PM

    I agree with Laurence – show me a bad review or even a bad photo of Turkey! Your photos are brilliant by the way, make my mouth water 🙂 Turkey is definitely high on my list of places to visit!

    • Cole Burmester

      August 29, 2012 at 8:35 AM

      Thanks Hayley. It feels a bit like cheating when people say we take good photos when it is so beautiful and hard not too 🙂

  8. Turtle

    August 27, 2012 at 5:16 PM

    Yum! I’m in Turkey at the moment and you’re right about the food – so good! I’m going to have a gozleme tomorrow, in your honour! 🙂

  9. Jeremy Branham

    August 27, 2012 at 8:55 PM

    Never been to Turkey but hope to go one day. I’ve eaten Greek food and I think there are some similarities. The Gozleme looks delicious. Definitely a food I would enjoy trying!

    • Cole Burmester

      August 29, 2012 at 8:38 AM

      We haven’t been to Greece but it is high on our list. Any of those countries in that area have such fresh, delicious and homemade food. Can’t get better than that.

  10. Arti

    August 28, 2012 at 1:11 PM

    This looks so much similar to the ‘Chilla’ that is so famous here in India!! I just love it, this is mouth watering. Its vegetarian na because Chilla is a vegetarian delicacy?

    • Cole Burmester

      August 29, 2012 at 8:44 AM

      Never heard of Chilla but looks delicious too. You can have meat in Gozleme so not strictly vegetarian but it can be.

  11. Mary @ Green Global Travel

    August 28, 2012 at 4:37 PM

    oh yum! I shouldn’t be reading this post right before lunch. I’m going to wrap some spinach & feta in a whole wheat wrap and pretend……

    • Cole Burmester

      August 29, 2012 at 8:45 AM

      Good alternative Mary 🙂 I usually do my post reading around breakfast and feels wrong to crave some of the foods I see at 8am 😉

  12. D.J. - The World of Deej

    August 28, 2012 at 8:54 PM

    So I may just steal the term “mouthgasm” and since you stole it, I figured it was OK:)

    • Cole Burmester

      August 29, 2012 at 8:53 AM

      It is going to be the new catchphrase of 2012 I think.

  13. Natalie

    August 29, 2012 at 7:43 AM

    Potato and spinach gozleme is the best!!

  14. Angela

    August 29, 2012 at 3:26 PM

    I absolutely LOVE Turkish food, when I was in Shanghai I used to go very often to an excellent Turkish restaurant, it was like a fixed date 😛

  15. Darrin

    August 29, 2012 at 5:03 PM

    This entry captures the freshness of Turkish food that my wife and I enjoyed last year in Turkey. Do you find it hard to spare a moment to take pics of wonderful food like that when all you want to do is chow down? That’s my problem. 🙂

    I miss the lahmacuns, although I can find them here in NYC for about twice the price. Grilled barbuns (red mullets) are available in Astoria, Queens, but they don’t taste fresh the way they do in Turkey.

  16. Ali

    August 30, 2012 at 4:10 PM

    I don’t think we tried this while we were in Turkey, but I sure did enjoy the food there! One of my favorite cuisines now that we’ve actually been to Turkey. It’s probably 90% of why I want to go back!

  17. Justin (Lotus Artichoke)

    September 1, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    Yes. Yes, please. Now I want to go back to Turkey. We find plenty of really decent Turkish food here in Berlin (massive Turkish population) but the food in Turkey itself is even better. Hmm, just remembered that there is an excellent Turkish Gözleme food truck at the Mauerpark fleamarket. Might need to stop by tomorrow!

  18. cheryl

    September 2, 2012 at 4:26 PM

    Oh god! Looks so so so good. I haven’t been to Turkey as of yet but I really want to go, especially when I could eat food like this.

  19. Stephanie - The Travel Chica

    September 3, 2012 at 5:35 PM

    I spent one night in Istanbul during a cruise, and the food was fantastic! But I couldn’t tell you the name of a single dish I ate 🙂

  20. Gay Travel Herald

    September 6, 2012 at 3:39 PM

    I’ll be back in Turkey in October, I’ll have to keep my eyes out for some gözleme while I’m there. thanks for the heads up.

  21. EarthDrifter

    September 12, 2012 at 4:52 PM

    I love all things that resemble crepes and pancakes. I’ll be seeking out Gözleme in Riyadh.

    • Cole Burmester

      September 13, 2012 at 4:43 PM

      Good stuff! They are very very very delicious 😉

  22. Alexandra

    September 25, 2012 at 9:02 AM

    Gozleme was my favorite food find in Turkey other than the BEST HUMMUS OF MY LIFE! Seriously, I know bold statement but it is true. It was in Gazientep from a cafe that had been making the stuff for hundreds of years with warm brown butter poured over it, toasted pine nuts and sumac! Oh I would love to have that plate of food in front of me again! Forget Cappadocia go back to Turkey for this plate of Hummus

    • Cole Burmester

      September 30, 2012 at 5:18 PM

      Definitely no complaints about the hummus either 🙂 But need to find that little place you went to. Sounds amazing.

  23. Annie of TravelShus

    November 19, 2012 at 6:30 PM

    its like a turkish quesadilla in all the right ways.
    amazing.

  24. Akif

    December 19, 2012 at 12:22 PM

    and i’m sure you’re gonna love it when ur visiting to dubai and rest 🙂

  25. Lauren @ roamingtheworld

    January 9, 2013 at 9:58 PM

    I just got back from Istanbul and didn’t see these. I was hoping to stumble across an open market/food stalls but that didn’t happen. then again, the friends I was with were content to stick to the tourist track and check off a lot of sights from the list… not how I typically travel but still a good experience!

    • Cole Burmester

      January 16, 2013 at 11:33 AM

      Istanbul is wonderful for ticking off the sights though even on the tourist trail! Hopefully you get a chance to return to Turkey sometime to try Gozleme 🙂

  26. Jennifer

    September 21, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    We’ve only been to Turkey on a long layover in Istanbul. We had enough time to go to the Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar, and wander around for some lunch. It was amazing. Definitely need to get back to Turkey for a proper visit.

    • Cole Burmester

      September 24, 2013 at 5:10 AM

      I need to get out towards Cappadocia and a few other places in Turkey still too!

  27. Renee - RambleCrunch

    December 18, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    My family and I spent five months in Turkey last year, and this post is bringing back memories! Besides gözleme, our favorite foods were iskandar and ripe figs. Lovely photos…sharing on Pinterest. 🙂

  28. ramiz

    June 3, 2017 at 3:20 AM

    Yeah gözleme really delicious but I know many foods from Turkish cuisine.
    They are really amazing foods can read there more about it http://tourismturkeytr.blogspot.com.tr/2017/05/most-delicious-turkish-foods.html

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Travel Destinations in Thailand: Chumphon

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Thailand has been the most popular holiday destination in Southeast Asia for many years despite Covid-19 making it not possible to go from abroad. Across the kingdom there is something for everyone. From the hedonistic and throbbing cities, the tranquility of rural life, rolling mountains and the clear blue skies reflected upon silky azure waters lapping at palm fringed sandy beaches, the land of smiles has it. Let’s pause and pretend that Covid-19 doesn’t exist and that you can and will travel soon.

Rising Northwards from Malaysia is the Malay peninsula, which makes up part of Thailand’s Kra isthmus, and on the Eastern side of the isthmus lies the Thai province of Chumphon. Chumphon is truly unique among Thailand’s 76 colourful provinces. At around 6,000 square kilometers, it has everything a traveler could wish for. It has the nightlife, the mountains and lush greenery, it has white sandy beaches, blue waters, energy expelling activities and quiet, tranquil serenity. It is the epitome of an all-encompassing holiday destination.

Doing and Seeing in Chumphon

Where to start? The city of Chumphon, the provincial capital, is mid-province on the East coast and is the perfect base from which to discover this wonderful province. The city itself has a vast array of accommodation to suit every travelers budget. From homestays, villas, beach huts and bungalows to high end hotels, for places to stay Chumphon is not to be found lacking.

Of course the city has its nightlife, bars, restaurants, its fair share of neon and glitz along with night and weekend markets. As with anywhere in the kingdom, Chumphon has many temples, most of those in the city are well maintained and very beautiful. There are some which are extremely beautiful and ornate, drown in these gold laden temples which will take your breath away and provide fantastic photo opportunities. 

On the coastal edge of the city is Thung Wua Laen Beach. This is almost 3 kilometers of soft sand which is never over populated by rowdy tourists. Fringed by lush greenery, there are small bars and restaurants and beach huts dotted along its length, perfect for lazy days in the sun or for diving and snorkeling in the clear blue waters. Most of the local hotels and guest houses are happy to provide beach picnics so you can spend your entire day enjoy the sand, sea and sunshine.

From the city the whole province is on the doorstep, which includes the Mu Ko Chumphon National Park. The Park covers 300 square kilometers of land and sea, which includes 40 islands and islets. On land there are durian and mangosteen orchards and plantations of coconut palms and rubber tress. The lush flora supports a fascinating and diverse fauna waiting to be explored.

At sea, threaded between the islands, the coral reefs are teeming with exotic, tropical sea life that swim and school in the clear blue waters. Swimming amongst the colourful, seemingly orchestrated, piscatorial displays of nature may seem to be from another world. The inquisitive greenback turtles complete the experience which leaves memories that last a lifetime.

The province has many waterfalls, each a spectacle in its own right, they are awe inspiring and bring about a feeling of peaceful tranquility. Two of the most popular are the Wisai River waterfalls and the Pho Sa Le waterfalls. Explorers can raft the waters or relax and dine along the river banks in secluded huts along the way.

At Tha Hin, Sawi District, the Shrine to Prince Chumphon is a place of great historical interest. Prince Chumphon is much revered and seen as the father of the Thai Royal Navy. He was the 28th child of King Rama V, or perhaps usually known as Chulalongkorn. Take a trip out, a little to the South of Chumphon city, to understand more of this highly revered figure of Thailand’s regal historical.

There is another important site in remembrance of the Prince which can be visited at Sai Ri Beach a little North of the Chumphon city. This beautiful beach is popular with locals and tourists and is home to the Krom Luang Chumphon Khet Udomsak Royal Palace. This is the biggest of all the shrines to the Prince of Chumphon and is where he passed away. To see the pure white building against the blue sky is both humbling and magnificent.

Another ‘Must See’ destination a little South of the provincial capital, is Khao Dinsor. A trek up this mountain is exhilarating and provides the most breathtaking views, it is also home to the Chumphon Raptor Center. Ornithologist or not, seeing up to 25 different species of majestic birds of prey in their natural habitat is a treat not easily replicated anywhere else.

Chumphon is also the perfect place from which to launch yourself into an island hoping tour. There more than 40, some of which are inhabited, some are not. Some appear to be almost artificial with their even blankets of lush greenery which supports some of the most amazing fauna imaginable. Others look as though they should not be of this world, hard rock monoliths rising up from the sea with majestic arrogance.

Whatever you want from a tropical holiday, Chumphon has it. In Chumphon you can expel pent up energy, relax and recharge, learn and become enlightened or reflect in peaceful serenity. Whatever it is, Chumphon has it. Click here for transportation information to and from Chumphon. Note that Covid-19 makes this something to plan for a later date.

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THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW BEFORE TRAVELING TO SINGAPORE

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If you are looking for one of the most dazzling and beautiful places in the world to visit, Singapore comes to mind. Over the years, the city’s accolade of historic culture, luxury buildings, skyscrapers, hotels, tourist sites, and lifestyle has created a deep craving in many travelers.

If you’re one of those travelers craving to visit Singapore, you need to consider the following key things before making your plans:

1.     Singaporean Visa

Travelers from countries such as China, Russia, India, Armenia, and North Korea are required to have an e-visa. If you are from Libya, Egypt, Sudan, Yamen, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Somalia and the like, it is required to have a visa vignette attached to your passport. Your Singaporean visa can be acquired through the embassy or a visa agent.

Citizens of the United States of America, the European Union, Australia, Norway, South Korea, and Switzerland are free to enter Singapore without a visa for 90 days. Aside from these, all travelers need to have their citizenship passports.

2.     Accommodation

There are many exquisite and world-class hotels in Singapore, each with competitive prices and services. Instead of trying to search them all out on Google, you can easily check, review and select the best hotels at this hotel booking platform. They offer honest pricing, multiple payment options, real customer reviews, best prices and amazing discounts that enhance your trip.

3.     Food

You can get local and international dishes from restaurants around. It can be a bit expensive. So, you can also consider hawker streets for affordable food prices. Alcohol is generally expensive in Singapore. After 10.30 pm, it’s not allowed to buy or drink alcohol in public. However, you can enjoy it in your hotel room, pub or restaurant.

4.     Lifestyle & Safety

Smoking and vaping in public are illegal in Singapore. It can only be done in restricted zones. Chewing gum is also not allowed. The climate is either warm or humid. So, you need to wear light and breathable cloths while going for the tour. With transport, you have various options: taxi, train or public transport. The city is very peaceful, disciplined and crime-free. Therefore, there’s no need to worry so much about your safety. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t carry along your travel first aid kit.

5.     Tourism & Leisure 

If your aim is to spend your holiday in Singapore, there are a host of attractive tourist destinations. There are countless places for entertainment, swimming, beach riding, skating, sightseeing, relaxation, meditation, and leisure. Some of them are Gardens Bay, Sentosa Islands, SEA Aquarium, USS, ArtScience Museum, and the Singaporean Zoo.

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About China

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The People’s Republic of China is an amazing country, with an ancient history steeped in wonder and so many modern marvels to explore. This fascinating and unique country is the most populated country in the world, as well as one of the largest by land mass.

Many of the people who live here still abide by their traditional Chinese culture, but the country has always been at the forefront of innovation too, graduating more science, technology, engineering, and mathematics students than any other country in recent years.

You probably already know that China is the world’s longest continuous civilization, that its Great Wall is the largest manmade structure on the planet (but contrary to popular belief, is not visible from space), and the Silk Road is the oldest and longest trade route ever; however, did you know that China is also responsible for the creation of our modern decimal and binary systems, algebra, geometry, and the discovery of the human circulatory system?

Did you also know that 1.7 million pigs are consumed daily in China and that one weird delicacy is ‘urine eggs’ which are eggs boiled for 24 hours in the urine of young boys? Neither did we! Here are ten more amazing facts about China that you probably didn’t know:

China has only one time zone

Despite being the third-largest country in the world by square mileage (China is almost as wide as the US) and technically spanning five time zones, the whole country has operated under one single time zone since 1949, when ‘Beijing Standard Time’ was made official by the Communist Party. That means when it’s 6am in Beijing, it’s also 6am across the other side of the country – even though the sun won’t rise for approximately three hours.

Most schools, transport services, and other Government services in the westernmost region of Xinjiang obey Beijing time, while many local businesses stick to their own time. This means kids are walking to school by starlight, while later, some locals are getting caught up in rush hour traffic… at 7pm!

Chinese new moms are meant to ‘sit’ for four weeks

You might have heard that couples in China need to apply for a ‘Family Planning Certificate’ to have a baby, but did you know that after the birth, new moms are customarily meant to stay in confinement for a month?

This tradition – called ‘Sitting the Month’ – involves the new mother resting in bed for a month, not exposing herself to people or any conditions that may cause stress, such as exertion, cold weather, emotional stress, and traditionally, even water!

Being physically wet was thought to pose a health risk to the mother, as she may catch a cold if she’s exposed to these elements through bathing and hair washing. Thankfully, avoiding water is less often practiced these days, but mothers (and sometimes fathers) still regularly participate.

The confinement is designed to give the mother rest and recover from the birth, ensure both her and her baby aren’t exposed to unnecessary threats, improve breastmilk production and strengthen the maternal bond.

Soccer was invented in China

The ancient Chinese not only invented paper, gunpowder, printing and the compass, but they also invented the concept of soccer (or football, if you prefer). The game of ‘cuju’ – which means ‘kick the ball with foot’ – was regularly played during the Han Dynasty (206 BC-220 AD). The popularity of cuju then spread to neighboring countries and the rest is history!

You can’t access western websites in China

While China is undoubtedly a captivating country with unsurpassed beauty, fascinating history, and amazing people, the current Government don’t really want to dilute it all with western influence, so they have created a state of heavy censorship, banning many western internet sites.

If you were considering a visit to China, don’t expect to be able to browse Google, Facebook, Twitter, Youtube or Reddit sites, just to name a few – these have been blocked by what many have dubbed the ‘Great Firewall of China’.

The Government have even attempted to block methods for circumventing their firewall, including blocking the use of many VPNs. Thankfully, it’s still really easy to bypass this firewall using VPNs, but only if you know which ones still work! If you want to know which VPNs to use to get through China’s firewall, visit vpnMentor’s article ‘9 Best (Still Working in 2019) VPNs for China – 3 Are FREE and enjoy some internet freedom in China.

The Chinese heavily censor their film industry

There is no film rating system in place in China, but that doesn’t mean it’s a haven for 12-year-olds who want to watch adults only films. Films are censored for the same reasons as the country’s internet.

Instead of ratings, there is a 36-person committee who ensure nothing untoward or inappropriate makes it through to Chinese audiences. When they find something too raunchy, violent, flamboyant or insulting to China, they simply cut the entire scene out of the film before releasing it to the public!

These cuts include the famous nude painting scene in Titanic being removed, a whole minute of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ being cut due to a man-on-man kissing scene and drug use, as well as 13 minutes of ‘Men In Black 3’ being removed because it featured an alien disguised as a Chinese person. If you’re in China and want to watch any censored films, you can use one of the VPNs mentioned here.

Chinese manners are a little different

Many countries think burping after a meal shows that the meal was delicious and is a sign of good manners, while other countries don’t blink an eye at spitting in the streets. There are also plenty of people who don’t think yawning wide or grunting are rude – in China, all of these are totally acceptable while eating!

Even more interesting is the country’s lack of diaper use. Older babies and toddlers who are able to use a potty don’t wear them. Instead, they wear special pants with a split in the rear and when they need to go potty, they squat wherever they feel like it and go. We don’t just mean outside either. It’s acceptable for the youngest Chinese citizens to poop or pee wherever they feel the need to, inside or out!

China is full of cavemen

Not really, but close! Due to inheritance, tradition and sometimes poverty and lack of affordable housing, an estimated 35 million Chinese people live in caves. The majority live in the yellow, porous cliffs and hillsides of the Loess plateau in Shaanxi province. The Government has attempted to move them on but the long-term residents love their cave homes and refuse to budge.

The Chinese do actually eat canine meat and also invented the first ice cream

Most people have heard the rumor that Chinese people eat dogs and this is actually no rumor. In the city of Yulin for one day per year, the residents celebrate the summer solstice by eating dogs bred for this purpose. The dog meat is eaten as a tradition that started 4000 years ago.

Another ancient tradition that started around the same time is the milk-based treats that the Chinese invented, made with yaks milk and rice and cooled with saltpeter (potassium nitrate) and snow poured on the outside of the containers. Yes, these were the first milk-based ice treats most similar to what we now think of today as ice cream.

The Chinese are masters of war

You may think that large gas and chemical weapons are a fairly modern invention, but the Chinese were actually the first to poison people on a mass scale, with incendiary weapons being reportedly used as early as 200BC according to Sun Tzu’s ‘Art of War’.

There were also reports of arsenic gas bombs being used by the Chinese as early as 1000BC and their war history is littered with similar references and hundreds of recipes for weapons of mass destruction, like the supernatural -sounding ‘soul-hunting fog’. They may have also been the first country to utilize covert spy operations, as they invented kites to gather military intelligence about 3000 years ago.

The Art of War is itself a bible of warfare tactics and many strategies from the book are still used today. While the Chinese have always been ruthless to their enemies, they aren’t completely war oriented – Shanghai was the only port in the world who were accepting Jewish people without visas during the holocaust.

China has the World’s largest army

The Chinese aren’t only masters of war historically, but they are also well-prepared for any future combat. The People’s Liberation Army boasts the largest number of soldiers on the planet, with more than 2 million soldiers. It also has the second largest defense force budget and is almost considered a military superpower.

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