17. Cooling tea|
Although many stalls in southern China sell homemade “cooling tea,” or herbal tea, the two dominant brands are Wang Lao Ji (in green paper cartons) and Jia Duo Bao (in red cans).
Both share the same recipe, which has been passed down from the historic label, Wang Lao Ji, and taste almost identical.
This herbal tea's history dates to the Qing dynasty. With hints of mint and a honey, the drink has a soothing effect on the throat and isn't too sweet.
Jia Duo Bao is a major cooling tea brand in China.18. Kvass
The Russians brought this amber liquid to northern China in the 19th century, and the sweet alcoholic drink has remained an iconic homebrew in the region, especially in Xinjiang and Harbin.
Often flavored with herbs, mint, raisins or strawberries, this beer is made from rye or black bread.
The alcohol level is low (around 1%). It tastes a bit like shandy, but with a thicker texture.