Sarah Austen-Smith is a Wellington Beltway escapee. She’s travelling through China and Central Asia this year following the Silk Road from Shangri-la to Samarkand.
Spoiler alert: it's hearty, it's humbling and it involves horse.
A lily-livered foreigner braves the fiery cauldron that is Chóngqìng's specialty.
From the alleyways of Běijīng to the Tibetan highlands, independent brewing is on the rise.
The angst of a Wellington winter melts away amid the tongue-tingling tastes of the Middle Kingdom.