Small town stories: Sanmen, a county for seafood lovers

This episode of “Small-Town Stories” features a coastal county in eastern China’s Zhejiang Province dubbed “the Chinese hometown of small seafood.” Sanmen, which translates to “three gates” in Chinese, welcomes seafood lovers from all over the country.

Its location near the East China Sea gives it plenty of seafood supplies, especially shellfish like oysters, razor clams, and crabs. It is not surprising that water dwellers are an indispensable part of local cuisine. But the blue crab reigns supreme here on the dining table.

The sun rises over the mudflats in Sanmen County, Taizhou City, east China’s Zhejiang Province. /APC

The sun rises over the mudflats in Sanmen County, Taizhou City, east China’s Zhejiang Province. /APC

Autumn is the best season to eat crabs, and blue crabs are often steamed, boiled or braised in Sanmen. The meat is tender with a hint of sweetness. It also goes well with noodles and the combo is popular among visitors.

Home to centuries-old villages and small islands, the county has grown its tourism business in recent years around island sightseeing and seafood tours. The Isle of Shepan is one of the most popular destinations.

A bullet train passes through Sanmen County. /APC

A bullet train passes through Sanmen County. /APC

Shepan is famous for its caves, all of which number 1,360, earning it the nickname “the island of a thousand caves”.

Visitors can also take in the breathtaking view of the East China Sea and stroll through the ancient villages, which will be a nice escape from the city.

The Isle of Shepan in Sanmen County. /APC

The Isle of Shepan in Sanmen County. /APC


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