Dog meat is widely appreciated not only in Guizhou, Guangxi and Guangdong, but also in culturally connected countries such as Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam. The meat is considered to be warming in cold weather and an aid to male virility. Chinese tourists to Guizhou generally make a point of trying a dog dish, but for Westerners, eating dog can be a touchy subject. Some find it almost akin to cannibalism, while others are discouraged by the way restaurants display bisected hindquarters in the window, or soaking in a bucket of water on the floor. If you’re worried about being served dog by accident, 我不吃狗肉, wŏ bùchī gŏuròu, means “I don’t eat dog”.

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