China Travel Food Guide for Athletes

This is a guide for athletes traveling to China, what to expect and how to be prepared.

For athletes traveling around the world, there are challenges not only finding food that you like, but finding healthy food that can meet your requirements as an athlete. For someone traveling to a new country and culture, this may seem overwhelming. Those from anywhere but China may find it hard to find the foods they are familiar with from home. Sometimes it is just knowing where to look. This article is to help guide someone who is planning to travel to China in their chosen sport.

Food in China

In China, many dishes are served to the table and shared among the group. Soup dishes are very common.

Regional Differences

Other Chinese Foods

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What if you don't like Chinese food?

Self-catering Options

When travelling to another country, it is usually cheaper to self-cater. Self-catering is possible in China, though most of the places you will stay will not have facilities to enable you to cook your own meals. There are many mini-marts and supermarkets which stock a large range of foods, but with the language barrier you may find it hard to decipher what they are. For athletes with food allergies or intolerances this is a significant problem.

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Food Safety in China

Things you may need to bring from home?

Gels, supplements, medications.

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Athlete nutrition is not just about weight loss. It is important to fuel the body optimally before, during and after exercise, as well as to stay hydrated.

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