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Foreigners and Baijiu…Courtesy of 300 Shots at Greatness

Posted: August 1st, 2012 | 3 Comments »

300 Shots at Greatness is a blog by the author and editor Derek Sandhaus, now a resident of Chengdu, concerning all things baijiu. I decided to ask him about any references by foreigners in China to their encounters with the filthy yet ubiquitous stuff. Here‘s what he came up with from Marco Polo  to Pere Huc! Well done Derek, and he managed to throw in a good Sapajou cartoon that I believe was originally commissioned by Carl Crow for his book Foreign Devils in the Flowery Kingdom.

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3 Comments on “Foreigners and Baijiu…Courtesy of 300 Shots at Greatness”

  1. 1 Ricard Vela said at 10:44 pm on August 1st, 2012:

    Dear sir, I write you on behalf of the owner of the Spanish publishing company Platafoma Editorial (www.plataformaeditorial.com). We read MIDNIGHT and are eager to publish it in a new series about Asian Literature and Non Fiction, but now subagent in Spain is on holyday the whole August. It happens that our boss is travelling to China this summer and would like to meet you. Would you be so kind to contact with me if you were interested? I apologize for any inconvenience and for writing through this interesting blog, but I have not been able to find a more suitabe way. Thank you very much.

  2. 2 Thornton said at 12:44 am on December 28th, 2018:

    Hi, I have been experimenting with baijiu for the last three months or so. Its a bit too strong and pungent for my palate. I have found it really is great as a cocktail mixer some brands more so than others. Baijiublog.com has a good in-depth selection on cocktail recipes here https://www.baijiublog.com/baijiu-cocktails/#Baijiu-Cocktails-1

    In my opinion it mixes better with citrus flavors but everyone has their own preferred taste. Enjoy!

  3. 3 Paul French said at 7:34 pm on January 3rd, 2019:

    I personally find it revolting – I go with the American news anchor, Dan Rather, who came to China in the 1970s with Nixon and Kissinger – ‘liquid razor blades’

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