Guangdong province has the reputation of being the gastronomy capital of China. Chiu Chow is a subgroup of the Han Chinese people who primarily live in the eastern coastal area of this province. The Chiu Chow people are believed to have had to move to present-day Chaoshan to escape from a series of civil wars in Central China during the Jin Dynasty (AD 265 420). Profoundly rich in culture, Chiu Chow people and their way of life is known as a unique part of world heritage and history. Chiu Chow cuisine is particularly well known for its seafood dishes. Distinctive food preparation and cooking methods are used to preserve the freshness and quality of the ingredients. Signature Chiu Chow dishes are often prepared over a slow fire, stewed, steamed, stir-fried or pickled to perfection.