For a moment during the onset of Japan's nuclear crisis, salt became an issue of great concern to people in China. Due to false beliefs that leaked radiation had polluted seawater off the coast of eastern Shandong province, stores in many cities experienced runs on their salt supplies.
Actually, only 20 percent of the country's salt comes from the ocean. Most salt manufactured for human consumption comes from rock salt, which is mined.
China.org.cn has compiled a list of the 'Top 5 salt cities with over-1000-year histories' which describes traditional Chinese salt making processes.
Ningchang Ancient Town, a noted historic and cultural ancient town in the south-western city of Chongqing, enjoys an above-4,000-year history of salt manufacturing.
Ningchang Ancient Town, a noted historic and cultural ancient town in the south-western city of Chongqing, enjoys an above-4,000-year history of salt manufacturing. In the past, most of the salt carried on the road from Sichuan to Hubei and Shaanxi Province was produced in the town.
Nowadays, visitors can still see the old salt spring, which gushes through the town, and seems to proudly wear its proud and splendid past. Its decline began with the proliferation of sea salt sold inside the country.