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Top 10 Must-Taste Foods in Beijing

Sunday, September 16th, 2018
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Plan your Beijing tour? China has a strong gastronomic tradition and Beijing is no exception. No Beijing tour is complete without getting a taste of its local foods.

Today I’m going to introduce to you the top 10 must-taste foods unique in Beijing with pictures and descriptions easy for you to follow on your trip to Beijing. Some of the top 10 foods mentioned may sound a bit bizarre or weird.

1. Beijing Roast Duck (北京烤鸭)
Eating Beijing Ducks and walking on the Great Wall are the two must-do things while traveling Beijing for the first time. The making of Beijing roast ducks dates back to 150 years.

Generally, there are two ways of making ducks – Roasting ducks by using an oven without a door and roasting is done in an enclosed oven heated with crop stalks as the fuel.

Quanjude Roast Ducks are representative of the ducks roasted in an oven without a door while Bianyifang Roast Ducks of the ducks roasted in an enclosed oven.

After roasted and dried, the duck will look brightly dark red, shining with oil and with crisp skin and tender meat. Few people could resist its temptation due to its attractive appearance.

Beijing Roast Duck

Recommended Beijing duck restaurants:
Qianmen Quanjude Roast Duck Restaurant
Add: 32 Qianmen Dajie, Chongwen District
Open hours: 11am-1:30pm, 4:45pm-8pm
By bus: take lines 110, 120, 20, exit at Dazhalan
Tel: 6710 1379

Hepingmen Quanjude Roast Duck Restaurant
Add: 14 Qian Men xi dajie, Xuanwu District
Open hours: 11am-2pm, 4:30pm-10:30pm
By bus: take lines 14, 7, 15, subway line 2, exit at Hepingmen
Tel: 6301 8833

Xingfudajie Bian Yi Fang Roast Duck Restaurant
Add: 36 xingfu dajie, chongwen District
Open hours: 10:30am-2pm, 4pm-10pm
By bus: take lines 8, exit at xingfu street
Tel: 6711 6545

Yutingqiao Bian Yi Fang Roast Duck Restaurant
Add: 73 Tian tan Donglu, chongwen district
Open hours: 11am-9:30pm
By bus: take lines 39,39special, 43, 807, 958, exit at dongce lu
Tel: 6702 0904 

2. Mutton Hot Pot(涮羊肉)
Mutton Hot Pot is one of the traditional cuisines in Beijing. Here the mutton hot-pot refers to the Mongolian style hot-pot.

The lamb slices are put into the hot-pot, which is a copper pot containing a boiling soup base.After a few seconds the lamb slices are done and  dip them a sesame butter sauce. Mutton hot-pot is especially popular in winter.

Donglaishun Mutton Hot Pot
Address: No.198, Wangfujing Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing
Phone: 010-63023042
Mutton Hot Pot

Mutton Hot Pot

3. Fried Lamb or Cow Stomach (Baodu  爆肚)
Fried Lamb or Cow Stomach is a traditional snack in Beijing. Put lamb or cow stomaches in boiling water, then take them out and cut them into thin slices.Then spread some sauce on the sliced stomaches. Fried Lamb or Cow Stomach is pronounced “Baodu”.

Recommended restaurants for “Baodu”:

Baodu Feng Restaurant
Add: 17 Qianhai Dongyan, Shichahai, Xicheng District, Beijing 西城区什刹海前海东沿17号(银锭桥南)
Tel:010-64057412
Baodu Feng Restaurant
Add: 56 Langfang Ertiao, Menkuang Hutong, Qianmen, Xicheng District, Beijing 西城区前门大街门框胡同廊坊二条56号 公交/驾车 Tel:010-63083296
Fried Cow Stomach

Fried Cow Stomach

4. Fried Pig Liver (炒肝)
Fried Pig Liver is a traditional Beijing snack. Its ingredients include fat sausages, pig livers and garlic.Yaoji Fried Liver Restaurant (Gulou)Add:311 Dongdajie,Gulou, Dongcheng District, Beijing 东城区鼓楼东大街311号 
Fried Pig Liver

Fried Pig Liver

5. Bittern flapjack (卤煮火烧)
Bittern flapjack is a traditional snack in Beijing. The pig intestines and lung are cooked together with bean curds tablets, blood tofu, and sold in a bowl of hot soup.Chenji Luzhu Xiaochang (陈记卤煮小肠)

Add: Jia 16-17, Huayuan North Road, Haidian Ditrict, Beijing 海淀区花园北路甲12号16-17门牌
Tel: 13520510701
Bittern flapjack

Bittern flapjack

6. Mending Meat Pie (门丁肉饼)
“Mengding” in Chinese literally means “door nails”. The meat pie looks like a door nail in the past, hence the Mending Meat Pie. The yellow and crisp pastries contain hot meat.The best place to eat Mending meat pie is Mending Li.
Mending Li (门丁李)

Tel:010-81624868
Add: 20 South Road, Capital Stadium, Xicheng District, Beijing  北京西城区首体南路20号
Mending Meat Pie

Mending Meat Pie

7. Steamed Stuffed Buns
Beijing is well-known for its yummy steamed stuffed buns, quite different from Tianjin’s stuffed buns known as “Goubuli”. Beijing’s stuffed buns look more beautiful, not oily.It provides plentiful stuffed buns.You are highly recommended to eat the stuffed buns at Qingfeng Stuffed buns. You may visit one of its chain restaurants.Qingfeng Stuffed Buns Head OfficeAdd:178 Nandajie, Xinjiekou, Beijing 北京市新街口南大街178号
Tel:010-66182812 010-66124087

8. Shoulder Bag-shaped Cake  褡裢火烧
Place fillings into two dumpling wrappers, and put them into boiling oil wok. The fried cakes look like ancient shoulder bags, hence Shoulder Bag-shaped Cake.

Ruibinlou Restaurant (瑞宾楼)
Add :7 Zhaogongkou, Fengtai District, Beijing 丰台区赵公口7号楼
Tel:010-87263302
Shoulder Bag-shaped Cake

Shoulder Bag-shaped Cake

9. Noodles with Fried Bean and Meat Sauce ( Zhajiang Mian 炸酱面)

Noodles with Fried Bean and Meat Sauce is most typical of Beijing. It is a unique and traditional way of making noodles. Add shredded cucumbers, bean sprouts, shredded carrots, scrambled eggs, fresh soybeans and hot sauce.

Zhajian Mian in Chinese literally means  Noodles with Fried Bean and Meat Sauce.
Lao Beijing King of Zhajiang Mian. 老北京炸酱面大王

Tel: 010-66180788
西城区 西什库大街31号院1楼(近北大医院)
Add: 1 Floor, 31 Xishikou Charch, Shanghai.
Noodles with Fried Bean and Meat Sauce

Noodles with Fried Bean and Meat Sauce

10.Wonton (馄饨)
W
onton is one of Beijing traditional snacks. Often placed in the bowl of hot made soup, which includes dried purple seaweed, parsley and sesame.Wonton Hou (Xinjiekou) 馄饨侯(新街口店)Tel: 010-66537143
26 Neidajie, Xizhinmen 西城区西直门内大街26号(近新华书店)

Wonton is one of Beijing traditonal snacks

Wonton is one of Beijing traditional snacks

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.

Temple of Heaven Pictures

Saturday, September 15th, 2018
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Plan your Beijing Tour? The Temple of Heaven is one of the Top 10 Attractions in Beijing. The Temple of Heaven in Chinese is called “Tian Tan (天坛)” which literally means “the Altar of Heaven” that composes a group of religious buildings. It is located close to the southern end of Beijing central axis starting Yongdingmen to the the Bell and Drum Towers in the north.

The complex was the former sacred place where the emperors in Ming and Qing dynastied held religious ceremonies annually praying for good harvest. From the south to the north, the Temple of Heaven is mainly composed of  the Circular Mound Altar, the Imperial Vault of Heaven and the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests.

Most people would visit the Temple of Heaven from its south gate or east gate to its north gate or east gate. The park opens at 6am and closes at 8pm. The main buildings inside the park of Temple of Heaven is open at 8:00am.

It is interesting to visit the Temple of Heaven early in the morning to see local people, most of them are middled aged or older people doing various kinds of light physical activity you can imagine, like singing, dancing, playing instruments, playing chess, practicing kung fu, tai chi…

Check how to visit Temple of Heaven for more information.

Related Temple of Heaven tours:  Beijing Private Tour and Beijing Bus Tour.

Follow me to have a photo tour of the Temple of Heaven.
The Long Corridor 350 meters long and 5 meters wide.
The Long Corridor 350 meters long and 5 meters wide

The Long Corridor 350 meters long and 5 meters wide

Every early morning many locals come to the Temple of Heaven doing kinds of light physical activity such as singing, dancing, playing instruments, playing chess, practicing kung fu, tai chi. Practicing the ancient martial art of sword fighting
Practicing the ancient martial art of sword fighting

Practicing the ancient martial art of sword fighting

 Early morning Qigong practices at the park of the Temple of Heaven. View the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests outside the wall of the building
View the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests outside the wall of the building

View the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests outside the wall of the building

the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests
the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests

the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests

A close look at the plaque inscribed with the three Chinese characters 祈年殿(Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests. the Imperial Vault of Heaven
the Imperial Vault of Heaven

the Imperial Vault of Heaven

The Imperial Vault of Heave is circled by a smooth circular wall, the Echo Wall
The Imperial Vault of HeaveIt is circled by a smooth circular wall, the Echo Wall

The Imperial Vault of Heave. It is circled by a smooth circular wall, the Echo Wall

the Circular Mound Altar
he Circular Mound Altar

he Circular Mound Altar

The Heavenly Central Stone in the heart of the circular mound.
The Heavenly Central Stone in the heart of the circular mound.

The Heavenly Central Stone in the heart of the circular mound.

Standing on the Circular Mound and looking at the north –  The Imperial Vault of Heave complex.
Standing on the Circular Mound and looking at the north

Standing on the Circular Mound and looking at the north

Standing on the Circular Mound and looking at the south – the south gate of Temple of Heaven. Three terraces of white marble circle the Circular Mound Altar
Three terraces of white marble circle the Circular Mound Altar

Three terraces of white marble circle the Circular Mound Altar

The central axis linking the north and south inside the compound of the Temple of Heaven
The central axis linking the north and south inside the compound of the Temple of Heaven

The central axis linking the north and south inside the compound of the Temple of Heaven

Doing special mental exercise of writing on the ground in water with brush.

06611Tip:  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 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.

Forbidden City Pictures – Forbidden City Photo Gallery

Saturday, September 15th, 2018
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The Forbidden City is one of the must see attractions during your Beijing tour. Forbidden City was the imperial palace both for Ming and Qing dynasties. It served as the home of the successive emperors and their households, and the place for th

eir governance as well. Forbidden City is also named “The Palace Musuem” or “The Imperial Palace”.Constructed for 14 years or so from 1406 to 1420, the palace complex was composed of 999 buildings with an area of 720,000 m2.

The palace complex buildings features the traditional Chinese palatial architecture, and have great impact on cultural and architectural developments both in China and the world. The Forbidden City was crowned a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987 as the largest cluster of preserved ancient wooden structures in the world.

For more information on how to visit the Forbidden City, you may check the Forbidden City Travel Tips.

You must enter the Forbidden City from its south entrance (Meridian Gate – Wumen) and out from its northern gate (Gate of Divine – Shenwu Men). You may move on from Tiananmen Square to the Forbidden City.

The South Entrance (Meridian Gate or Wumen in Chinese)
The South Entrance (Meridian Gate or Wumen in Chinese)

The South Entrance (Meridian Gate or Wumen in Chinese)

On the right side the south entrance, you buy your entrance tickets at the ticketing offices. In the tourist peak season, the queue can be very long and you have to patiently line up to buy your tickets. In the tourist high season (spring, autumn and national holidays) scalpers are rampant around the entrance. Just ignore them!
you buy your entrance tikets at the ticketing offices

you buy your entrance tickets at the ticketing offices

Entering through the Meridian Gate, you will see a large square that is crossed by five bridges and the Gate of Supreme Harmony in the north area. The Gate of Supreme Harmony is the ceremonial centre of imperial power.
The Gate of Supreme Harmony is the ceremonial centre of imperial power.

The Gate of Supreme Harmony is the ceremonial centre of imperial power.

Approaching the Gate of Supreme Harmony, look back at the inside part of the south entrance gate – Meridian Gate)
Look back at the inside part of the south entrance gate - Meridian Gate)

Look back at the inside part of the south entrance gate – Meridian Gate)

A close look at the Gate of Supreme Harmony
A close look at the Gate of Supreme Harmony

A close look at the Gate of Supreme Harmony

Going through the Gate of Supreme Harmony, you will see the Hall of Supreme Harmony
Going through the Gate of Supreme Harmony, you will see the Palace of Supreme Harmony

Going through the Gate of Supreme Harmony, you will see the Palace of Supreme Harmony

The southern ramp in front of the Hall of Supreme Harmony has bas-relief carvings
The southern ramp in front of the Hall of Supreme Harmony has bas-relief carvings

The southern ramp in front of the Hall of Supreme Harmony has bas-relief carvings

The Sundial is made of marble stone
The Sundial is made of marble stone

The Sundial is made of marble stone

A huge mythical animal perched on the platform in front of the Hall of Supreme Harmony
A huge mythical animal perched on the platform in front of Supreme Harmony

A huge mythical animal perched on the platform in front of Supreme Harmony

The eave corners are decorated with 10 kinds of animals
the eave corners are decorated with 10 kinds of animals

the eave corners are decorated with 10 kinds of animals

After the Hall of Supreme Harmony, you enter the courtyard where both the Hall of Central Harmony and the Hall of Preserving Harmony are located.

The Hall of Central Peace is a smaller and square hall that was used by the Emperors to prepare and rest before and during ceremonies.

After the Palace of Supreme Harmony, you enter the courtyard where the Hall of Central Harmony and the Hall of Preserving Harmony.

After the Palace of Supreme Harmony, you enter the courtyard where the Hall of Central Harmony and the Hall of Preserving Harmony.

Behind the Hall of Central Harmony is the Hall of Preserving Harmony, which was used for rehearsing ceremonies, and it also used be the site of the final stage of the Imperial examination.

Behind the Hall of Preserving Harmony is the ramp – the largest stone carvin, the large bas-relief carvings in Forbiddenn City.

Behind the Hall of Preserving Harmony is the ramp - the largest stone carving.

Behind the Hall of Preserving Harmony is the ramp – the largest stone carving.

Now you enter the inner court and see the Palace of Heavenly Court
Now you enter the inner court and see the Palace of Heavenly Court

Now you enter the inner court and see the Palace of Heavenly Court

The Imperial Garden in the north tip of the Forbidden City.
The Imperial Garden in the north tip of the Forbidden City.

The Imperial Garden in the north tip of the Forbidden City.

The north gate – Gate of Divine ( Shenwu Men in Chinese )
The north gate - Gate of Divine ( Shenwu Men in Chinese )

The north gate – Gate of Divine ( Shenwu Men in Chinese )

The Jingshan Patk to the north of the Fobidden City.
The Jingshan Patk to the north of the Fobidden City.

The Jingshan Park to the north of the Forbidden City.

A bird’s-eye view of the Forbidden City from the top of the Jingshan Park.
A bird's-eye view of the Forbidden City from the top of the Jingshan Park.

A bird’s-eye view of the Forbidden City from the top of the Jingshan Park.

06611Tip:  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 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.