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Stroll on Wangfujing Snack Street

Tuesday, July 31st, 2018
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Plan your Beijing tour? Among the numerous outdoor activities in Beijing, a stroll on Wangfujing Pedestrian Street is a unique and fruitful experience for those visiting Beijing for the first time.

The 810-meter walking street is packed with shops,stores,and restaurants including several big shopping malls, such Oriental Plaza, Beijing Department Store, Sun Dong An Plaza, the New China Woman and Children Department etc. It also has two large bookstores – the Wangfujing Xinhua Bookstore and the Beijing Foreign Languages Bookstore.

One highlight on Wangfujing Street is Wangfujing Snack Street (王府井小吃街)which is set on a narrow alley off the main walking street. Now just follow me to have a glimpse of Wangfujing Snack Street.

Take subway line 2, get off at the station of Wangfujing and use Exit C. Follow the throng into the Wangfujing Pedestrian Street. Walking north  for about 50 meters, you will see a KFC on your right side, and opposite the KFC is a decorated archway, the east entrance to Wangfujing Snack Street.

you will see a KFC on your right side

you will see a KFC on your right side

The Paifang ,  a decorated archway, is the east entrance to Wangfujing Snack Street.  People are going in and out.

The snack street is packed with food vendors, souvenirs stands,  and candy shops.  There are also the arrays of weird food on offer, scorpions, bugs with legs, bugs without legs.

The snack street is packed with food vendors, souveniors stands, and candy shops.

The snack street is packed with food vendors, souvenirs stands, and candy shops.

The skewered scorpions, sea horses and star fishes attract passing visitors to take pictures. Few people would stop and taste the weird food.

The skewered scorpions, sea horses and star fishes

The skewered scorpions, sea horses and star fishes

A food vendor selling the locally produced open-mouth fried chestnuts.

A food vendor selling the fried chestnuts

A food vendor selling the fried chestnuts

Skewered sugar-coated haws and more fruits sugar coated on sticks are sold alluring eaters in and out.

Skewered sugar-coated haws and more fruits sugar coated on sticks are sold alluring eaters in and out.

Skewered sugar-coated haws and more fruits sugar coated on sticks are sold alluring eaters in and out.

Two guys with huge wooden mallets are pounding a piece of cake

Two guys with huge wooden mallets are pounding a piece of cake

Two guys with huge wooden mallets are pounding a piece of cake

The cakes are cut into small square pieces for sale.

The cakes are cut into small square pieces for sale.

The cakes are cut into small square pieces for sale.

Fried squids ans fried live scorpions on sticks.

Fried squids ans fried live scorpions on sticks

Fried squids ans fried live scorpions on sticks

So the narrow alley is packed with food stalls and souvenirs stands.

So the narrow alley is packed with food stalls and souvenirs stands.

So the narrow alley is packed with food stalls and souvenirs stands.

 

The craftsman is blowing sugar figurines on the spot.

The craftman is blowing sugar figurines on the spot.

The craftsman is blowing sugar figurines on the spot.

Chinese desserts

Chinese desserts

Chinese desserts

Candy fruits on a stick

Candy fruits on a stick

Candy fruits on a stick

Cockles, mussles, escargot

Cockles, mussles, escargot

Cockles, mussles, escargot

Exotic skewers of fried beetles, grasshoppers, centipedes, cockroaches, sea horses, scorpions

Exotic skewers of fried beetles and more.

Exotic skewers of fried beetles and more.

Pineapple steamed rice

 

Pineapple steamed rice

Pineapple steamed rice

Wangfujing Snack Street is a festival place where you can experience Chinese food culture, an eye-opener for foreign visitors.

Wangfujing Snack Street is a festival place

Wangfujing Snack Street is a festival place

Tip: Hassle-free Beijing Guided Tours
If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for Beijing guided tours

Beijing Highlight Day Tour from US$59 P/P
(Tiananmen + Forbidden City + Mutianyu Great Wall)
Beijing Classic City Tour from US$65 P/P
(Tiananmen + Forbidden City + Temple of Heaven + Summer Palace)
Beijing Excursion Tour from US$59 P/P(Mutianyu Great Wall + Ming Tomb)
Beijing Hutong Highlight Tour from US$59 P/P
( Hutong + Rickshaw)
Mutianyu Great Wall Half Day Tour from US$55 p/p


Hike from Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall Day Tour from US$69 p/pMutianyu Great Wall Layover Tour from US$65 p/p
Beijing Highlight Layover Tour from US$75 p/p

Beijing Yaoji Chaogan Restaurant

Tuesday, May 29th, 2018
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Beijing Yaoji Chaogan Restaurant is a time-honored no-frill eatery owned by a family with the surname of “Yao”,  well-known for its authentic Beijing local food.

The street-front Yaoji Chaogan Restaurant

The street-front Yaoji Chaogan Restaurant

“Chaogan” (Chao Gan) literally means “Pork liver stew” or “Fried liver”, the signature dish of the restaurant. The dish of “Chaogan” is a bowl of starchy stew with slices of liver and large pig intestines flavored with much garlic.

Many old customers say the dish of “Pork liver stew” here is the best in Beijing,  smooth, fragrant,and  not oily, hence the name of Yaoji Chaogan given to the restaurant.

The Signature Liver Stew Dish

The Signature Liver Stew Dish

Another famous Beijing flavor is known as “Luzhu Huoshao”,  a kind of bean-paste stew with pieces of huo shao (dough dumplings), bean curd puffs, stewed lungs and large intestines.

The dish is a traditional street  food for the common folks of Beijing.

Luzhu Huoshao

Luzhu Huoshao

As a westerner, probably  you don’t eat animal internal organs and have no culture of eating offal dishes.

But you can order other Beijing flavor dishes instead which are also very savoury and delicious, such as noodles and steamed buns.

 Steamed buns with pork and onions fillings.

Steamed buns with pork and onions fillings.

On August 18, 2011, American Vice President Joe Biden and his entourage came to Beijing Yaoji Chaogan Restaurant, escorted by the U.S. Ambassador to China, Gary Locke.

They didn’t order the signature dish of Chaogan and other famous entrails dishes.

Noodles topped with rich stir-fried bean paste

Noodles topped with rich stir-fried bean paste

They five people asked for five bowls of noodles topped with rich stir-fried bean paste, 10 steamed buns with pork and onions, smashed cucumber salad, mountain yam salad, shredded potatoes and Coca Cola for lunch totally at 79 yuan.

Inside Yaoji Chaogan Restaurant

Inside Yaoji Chaogan Restaurant

They all ate up the five bowls of traditional noodles, known as “Zhajiang” noodles – handmade noodles flavored with deep, rich stir-fried bean paste, shredded cucumber and watermelon radish.

The restaurant is just below the east side of Drum Tower

The restaurant is just below the east side of Drum Tower

 

Biden’s visit is a big boost to the long-time already popular family run eatery. Everyday, Yaoji Chaogan Restaurant is packed with diners, who very often need to wait for one hour for a table, cheap and delicious.

American Vice President Joe Biden and his entourage eating at Yaoji Chaogan

American Vice President Joe Biden and his entourage eating at Yaoji Chaogan

 

Plan your Beijing tour? Next time, if you are going to visit Drum Tower or Bell Tower in Beijing, it is worth dropping in for a bowl of Zhajiang noodle or a few steamed buns to feed yourself, a kind of Beijing locavore travel experience.

Beijing Bell Tower to the northwest of Yaoji Chaogan Restaurant

Beijing Bell Tower to the northwest of Yaoji Chaogan Restaurant

Its address: No.311, Gulou Dongdajie (just below the east side of Drum Tower), 鼓楼东大街311号. Tel: 010-84010570.  Business Hour: 06:00 – 22:30.

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Tip:  Hassle-free Beijing Guided Tours
If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for guided tours to Beijing:

Beijing by Night Illuminations Tour     from US$ 33

Beijing Highlight Day Tour from US$59 P/P
(Tiananmen + Forbidden City + Mutianyu Great Wall)
Beijing Classic City Tour from US$65 P/P
(Tiananmen + Forbidden City + Temple of Heaven + Summer Palace)
Beijing Excursion Tour from US$59 P/P
(Mutianyu Great Wall + Ming Tomb)
Beijing Hutong Highlight Tour from US$59 P/P 
( Hutong + Rickshaw)

Mutianyu Great Wall Half Day Tour from US$55 p/p
Hike from Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall Day Tour from US$69 p/p

Mutianyu Great Wall Layover Tour from US$65 p/p
Beijing Highlight Layover Tour from US$75 p/p

Further Readings


Top 10 Attractions in Beijing
How to Visit Forbidden City
How to Visit Temple of Heaven
How to Visit Summer Palace
How to Visit Ming Tombs
How to Visit the Great Wall of China
How to Visit Tiananmen Square
How to Visit Hutongs
How to Visit Olympic Sites

Top 10 Markets in Beijing
Top 10 Shopping Malls in Beijing
Beijing Shopping

Wangfujing Night Snack Street
Qianmen Commercial Street
Beijing Huguosi Street

Any questions, just drop a line.

Beijing Restaurant with a View of Qianmen and Tiananmen Square

Wednesday, May 16th, 2018
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Capital M (前门M餐厅) is on the top list of my favorite restaurants with a view in Beijing.  The letter “M” comes from “Michelle”, or Michelle Garnaut,  an Australian restaurateur, the owner and founder of Capital M. This is Michelle’s fourth restaurant in China after the Fringe in Hong Kong, M on the Bund and Glamour Bar in Shanghai.

It is said that it took seven years for Melbourne-born restaurateur Michelle Garnaut to turn Capital M a reality. Capital M’s charm is three-fold: artistic decoration, elegant fare and wine, and stupendous view.

All the dining rooms are ornately built. The main room known as “The Silver Room” features parquet flooring, hand-painted mural,  gold-leaf pillars and elegant lighting, suitable for corporate dinner, romantic wedding and important events. It is  a cozy and opulent setting for European culinary indulgence.

Its menus change with the seasons taking advantage of the local food and imported delicacies to satisfy your taste buds. It offers dining and drinking service for brunch, lunch, afternoon tea,  dinner and drinks. A range of fine wines and classic cocktails are on offer at the bar.

Below is part of the sample menu for dinner at Capital M:
Mezze Platter ~ for sharing
dips of tzatziki, babaganoush, hummus & htipiti
cauliflower fritters, tarator, fried haloumi cheese
fresh vegetable shards, spinach & feta pies & spiced olives
all served with our own warm flat bread

Oysters & Caviar
Fine de Claire No.4
Freshly shucked Oysters from Brittany

Mandarin Beluga Caviar
(sustainably farmed from Qiandaohu) with Melba’s toast
& all the classical trimmings

Red Gazpacho & White Gazpacho
Ajo Blanco, with almonds and grapes
& the classic Gazpacho AndaluzMoroccan Modern ~
Heirloom carrots, organic chickpeas,
sweet Medjool dates, petals and leaves,
sumac & spices, orange blossom dressing

Desserts
Hot Raspberry Soufflé
with a cool berry swirl ice-cream (20 minutes please)

Very Famous Pavlova…
proudly served in all M’ restaurants since 1989
a light, fluffy & crisp meringue base topped with
passion fruit ice-cream, lashings of fresh cream,
fresh fruits and passion fruit sauce ~

Eating outside is one of the best features attracting legions of dinners to Capital M, which provides the terrace for beautiful al fresco dining.  The terrace allows to have one of the most impressive views in the city – Overlooking Tiananmen Square, busy Qianmen Street, Forbidden City ……

How to get there?
Take subway line 2 and alight at the station of Qianmen and exit from Exit B and walk south to  a pailou (decorative archway gate) to Qianmen Street. Don’t enter the archway and instead just turn left to a sideway, then you see a sign overhead with the big letter “M” on top of a group of grey buildings.

Strolling along the buildings and you can spot the sign for entrance to Capital M on the third floor.

Qianmen Paifang, a decorative archway

 

Turn left to a sidewalk, then you see a sign overhead with the big letter “M” on top of a group of grey buildings.

 

The big letter “M” sign hanging out from the side of the buildings easy for diners to recognize.

 

A large signboard pointing to the entrance to the Building for Capital M

 

From the elegantly decorated first floor and take the elevator to the third floor where Capital M is perched.

Walking out of the elevator,  you will enter the bar area for Capital M.

Walking out of the elevator, you will enter the bar area for Capital M.

 

The Silver Room – parquet flooring, hand-painted mural,  gold-leaf pillars and elegant lighting

 

The terrace for the amazing outside eating

 

The al fresco terrace overlooking Tiananmen Square

 

Drinking and Talking with the view of Zhengyang Tower and Tiananmen Square.

 

Iced Red Tea Drink

 

The outdoor eating terrace attracts legions of diners.

Restaurant: Capital M
Average Cost: approx. 366 yuan per person
Add: 3/F, No.2 Qianmen Pedestrian Street 东城区前门大街2号3楼
Tel: 0086 (10) 6702 2727 Fax: 0086 (10 ) 6702 3737

Tip:  Hassle-free Beijing Guided Tours
If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for guided tours to Beijing:

Beijing by Night Illuminations Tour  from US$33 p/p

Beijing Hutong Highlight One Day Tour  from US$59 p/p

Beijing Highlight Day Tour from US$59 P/P
(Tiananmen + Forbidden City + Mutianyu Great Wall)
Beijing Classic City Tour from US$65 P/P
(Tiananmen + Forbidden City + Temple of Heaven + Summer Palace)
Beijing Excursion Tour from US$59 P/P
(Mutianyu Great Wall + Ming Tomb)
Beijing Hutong Highlight Tour from US$59 P/P
( Hutong + Rickshaw)

Mutianyu Great Wall Half Day Tour from US$55 p/p
Hike from Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall Day Tour from US$69 p/p

Mutianyu Great Wall Layover Tour from US$65 p/p
Beijing Highlight Layover Tour from US$75 p/p

Further Readings


Top 10 Attractions in Beijing
How to Visit Forbidden City
How to Visit Temple of Heaven
How to Visit Summer Palace
How to Visit Ming Tombs
How to Visit the Great Wall of China
How to Visit Tiananmen Square
How to Visit Hutongs
How to Visit Olympic Sites

Top 10 Markets in Beijing
Top 10 Shopping Malls in Beijing
Beijing Shopping

Wangfujing Night Snack Street
Qianmen Commercial Street
Beijing Huguosi Street

Any questions, just drop a line.