Do you hear Chinese hot pot or have you tried chinese hot pot. There are lots of types hot pot in China, for example, meat, usually you can choose pork, sheep（lamb is better @Paulette sorry, but the thin slices of lamb are really delicious, I can not control myself during the hot pot time), and beef. In my opinion, meat of lamb is the best choice, you'd better leave some fat part of the meat, and there is one kind of special machine which can make the mixed fat and lean lamb be very very thin slices, which is easy ripe; vegetables, such as lettuce, cauliflower, chinese cabbage, kinds of mashroom, carrot, ect; hot pot is perfect without seafood, the slices of gadus are my favoriate. In my opinion, almost all kinds of food ingredients can be used to cook hot pot.
Hot pot is specially welcomed in winter, but the people of Chongqong and Sichuan provinces love hot pot in the whole year, and they put lots of peppers in the hot spot, which is very incentively, I think. Maybe it depends on the weather of those two provinces, the weather of those two areas is not only hot but also humid. Peppers can help to dispel the humidity out of their bodies, which is good for their healt.